Uganda to withdraw its troops from the Central Africa

Sunday, 12 June, 2016 - 22:00

Uganda is set to pull its troops out of the Central African Republic, deeming the rebel Lord's Resistance Army (LRA) to be "no longer a threat", an army spokesman said Saturday.

"Uganda has met its goal in the fighting against LRA," army spokesman Paddy Ankunda told AFP.

"The LRA has been degraded, they no longer have means to make war," he said, adding however that another reason behind Kampala's thinking was that "international support has not been enough".

The chronically unstable Central African Republic was plunged into chaos in 2013 when Muslim Seleka rebels ousted president Francois Bozize, triggering a spiral of revenge attacks between the rebels and Christian armed gropes, opposed to Muslim terror that left thousands dead and displaced many more.

Around 2,000 Ugandan soldiers, backed by US troops, are currently deployed in eastern CAR as part of an African Union mission to tackle the LRA rebels.

The LRA first emerged in northern Uganda in the mid-1980s when it took up arms in the name of the Acholi ethnic group against the government of President Yoweri Museveni. The group has moved freely across porous regional borders, shifting from Uganda to southern Sudan before heading into northeastern DR Congo in 2005, finally crossing into the southeastern Central African Republic in 2008. It combines Protestantism, Animism, guerrilla tactics and bloodthirsty ferocity.