[QODLink]
Africa
LRA deputy 'executed'
Deserter says Ugandan group's chief Joseph Kony ordered the killing of Vincent Otti.
Last Modified: 01 Dec 2007 21:44 GMT
Kony reportedly fell out with Otti
over peace talks[EPA]
A deserter from Uganda's Lord's Resistance Army (LRA) has said the group's deputy commander Vincent Otti had been killed for pressing on with peace talks.
 
Joseph Kony, the LRA chief, reportedly ordered his execution in DR Congo.
 
"Kony ordered Otti's execution on the 2nd of October," Sunday Otto, a former LRA commander, said on Friday.
Otto was speaking on behalf of seven former LRA fighters flown to the Ugandan capital, Kampala, after handing themselves in to UN peacekeepers in DR Congo.
 
"Otti's killing sent a chill in LRA, and that's why we left and there are very many others who are following."
Rumours
 
Otti was a prime instigator in the LRA joining peace talks that began last year in Juba, South Sudan.
    

Rumours of his death had been circulating for weeks in Uganda, with various rebel and mediator sources saying he had been arrested by Kony.  

  

A peace process mediator said Kony had punished Otti on allegations of spying while Ugandan media have said there was a dispute over money and control.

   

Otto said problems arose because Otti was promoting peace.

    

"The rift between Vincent and Kony is because Otti wanted peace talks and Kony was completely against," he said.

    

Otto said Kony informed him about it via phone from the LRA's hideouts in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).

    

"Then Kony later called me and my colleague, Odong Richard, justifying Otti's execution," he said.

    

The seven LRA deserters, who included four commanders and three child combatants, surrendered themselves this week to the UN peace mission, Monuc, in Congo.

Source:
Agencies
Topics in this article
People
Organisation
Featured on Al Jazeera
'Justice for All' demonstrations swell across the US over the deaths of African Americans in police encounters.
Six former Guantanamo detainees are now free in Uruguay with some hailing the decision to grant them asylum.
Disproportionately high number of Aboriginal people in prison highlights inequality and marginalisation, critics say.
Nearly half of Canadians have suffered inappropriate advances on the job - and the political arena is no exception.
Featured
Women's rights activists are demanding change after Hanna Lalango, 16, was gang-raped on a bus and left for dead.
Buried in Sweden's northern forest, Sorsele has welcomed many unaccompanied kids who help stabilise a town exodus.
A look at the changing face of North Korea, three years after the death of 'Dear Leader'.
While some fear a Muslim backlash after café killings, solidarity instead appears to be the order of the day.
Victims spared by the deadly disease are reporting blindness and other unexpected post-Ebola health issues.