Joseph Kony 2012: ‘We’ll Catch Kony Dead or Alive,’ Say Ugandan Officials [Video]

There is growing outrage in Uganda after appearance on the Internet a film viewed by more than 62 million people in four days that suggests Africa’s longest-running conflict is still raging in the country’s north.

The video, titled as Kony2012, was shot by three videographers from America campaigning for greater efforts to capture Joseph Kony, the leader of the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA).

Kony and his decreasing in number troops, many of them kidnapped child soldiers, reached northern Uganda six years ago and are now spread across the jungles of neighbouring countries, The Telegraph reports.

“What that video says is totally wrong, and it can cause us more problems than help us,” said Dr Beatrice Mpora, director of Kairos, a community health organisation in Gulu, a former centre of the rebels’ activities.

“There has not been a single soul from the LRA here since 2006. Now we have peace, people are back in their homes, they are planting their fields, they are starting their businesses. That is what people should help us with.”

Joseph Kony has been spreading terror and violence through eastern and central Africa for almost three decades, as he has unleashed an aimless war that has killed thousands of people and at one point forced hundreds of thousands from their homes.

The video, from Invisible Children Inc, an activism organisation, was posted to YouTube and Vimeo, a film-sharing site, on Monday night and by late on Friday it had been reached 62 Million views.

Among the viewers was Angelina Jolie who at an event to mark International Womens’ Day in New York added her voice to those supporting the movement, stating, “I don’t know anyone who doesn’t hate Kony.”

She added: “I’ve been to Uganda and Congo and been to the International Criminal Court myself and spoken with the chief prosecutor about the case and he’s the one that we all want to see in jail so I think it’s great that more people are talking about it.”

“He’s an extraordinarily horrible human being who, you know…his time has come and it’s lovely to see that young people are raising up as well.”

Jacob Acaye, the child at the centre of the film, who was taken prisoner by Kony’s LRA in 2002, said: “Until now the war that was going on has been a silent war. People did not really know about it.”

“Now what was happening in Gulu is still going on elsewhere in the Central African Republic and in Congo. What about the people who are suffering over there? They are going through what we were going through.”

Some critics insisted that the video glosses over a complicated history that made it possible for Kony to rise to the notoriety he has today.

“There is no historical context. It’s more like a fashion thing,” said Timothy Kalyegira, a well-known social critic in Uganda who once published a newsletter called The Uganda Record.

“All this hoopla about Kony and his murderous activities is good in a sense that it helps inform those who didn’t know the monster that Kony is. But of course, this is too late,” Uganda’s defence ministry spokesman Felix Kulayigye told Reuters.

“It might take long but we’ll catch Kony, dead or alive. How many years did it take to end the conflict in Northern Ireland? So our hunt for Kony can take long but it will end one day,” he promised.

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