Looks like the Kony campaign is slowly, but surely, coming to an end.
Joseph Kony’s Top Commander Caesar Acellam Has Been Captured
Ugandan forces captured a senior commander of Joseph Kony’s Lord’s Resistance Army after a brief fight with rebels near the Congo-Central African Republic border, an army official said, in what an analyst said was an “intelligence coup” for forces hunting for Kony.
Lt. Col. Abdul Rugumayo, intelligence chief for Uganda’s military operation against the LRA, said Sunday that Caesar Acellam was captured Saturday with two other rebel fighters as they tried to cross a river called Mbomu.
Although Acellam is not one of the LRA commanders indicted along with Kony in 2005 by the International Criminal Court, Ugandan officials say he was one of Kony’s top military strategists and a reliable fighter.
“He is in good condition,” Rugumayo said of Acellam. “He was captured with two other rebels. They were in a group of 30 rebels.”
He said the others escaped.
Details of precisely how Acellam was captured were not available, but some analysts said it was possible he had just walked into the hands of Ugandan army officials.
This appears to be a big break in the mission to catch Kony.
A Ugandan army official, speaking on the condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak to the press, said losing Acellam was a big blow to Kony, whose forces have become increasingly degraded by a lack of food and having to constantly move to elude capture.
“He is big fish, very big fish,” the official said of Acellam, who has been with the LRA for over 20 years. “He is one of the top division commanders.”
Shouldn’t be long now before they finally catch Kony. Hopefully…