Sunday, June 06, 2004

Uganda: Lakwena returning?

From today's Sunday Vision
Former rebel leader and priestess Alice Lakwena may soon be in the country after receiving $50,000 (sh100m) and a satellite phone from President Yoweri Museveni as facilitation for her return from exile.

The money and the phone were on May 28 delivered to Lakwena at Ifo refugee camp, in north-eastern Kenya in the presence of United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees and Kenya government officials.

[...] [Acholi cultural leader Rwot Francis] Oryang said Lakwena is expected to send her detailed travel plans back home by June 16. (full-text)
The government set up the Amnesty Commission four years ago to encourage former rebels and political exiles to return.

Lakwena led the Holy Spirit Movement, formed in 1986, against Museveni's National Resistance Army (NRA), which later formed the core of the Ugandan People's Defence Force (UPDF).
She armed her followers with sticks and stones and managed to convince them the army's bullets would bounce off their chests after she had anointed them with shea butter oil. Lakwena's rebellion was defeated by the UPDF and she fled to Kenya, where she is still in exile.

Shortly after Lakwena's defeat, her nephew, Joseph Kony, declared himself her "spiritual heir" and formed the LRA [Lord's Resistance Army]. (full-text)
Lakwena now claims to have found a cure for AIDS and says she has been instructed by the holy spirit to treat AIDS patients.