KAMPALA (Reuters) – A senior Lord’s Resistance Army commander who surrendered last week appealed on Uganda television on Monday for the rebel group’s remaining fighters to give themselves up, and said President Yoweri Museveni had forgiven him.
Dominic Ongwen, who is wanted by the International Criminal Court (ICC) for crimes against humanity, is being held in Central African Republic by US forces helping to fight the LRA, according to Ugandan authorities.
Kampala says it wants to bring him back to Uganda where the notorious rebel group is accused of killing thousands and kidnapping children to use as fighters and sex slaves.
In an audio recording originally broadcast on local radio in Central African Republic, Ongwen appealed directly to LRA fighters, some of them by name, to lay down their arms.
“The head of state has promised to forgive me, and he said the world will hear about the wonders he will do for me,” Ongwen said in the nearly eight-minute address, excerpts of which were aired on Ugandan independent television channel NTV.