LRA Rebel Defects In CAR, Returned To Gulu

Retired Kitgum Anglican Bishop McLeod Ochola welcomes  now former LRA rebel Micheal Omona, 35, at the Gulu airport on Monday evening(Courtesy Photo)

A Lords Resistance Army (LRA) rebel said to be a radio operator has defected from the rebel group in CAR.

Michael Omona, 35, was flown to Gulu Monday evening aboard a chartered flight from the volatile Central African Republic (CAR).

The chattered plane carrying Michael Omona touched down tarmac at Gulu airport at around 5pm.

The UPDF says Omona was a signaler (radio operator) for the LRA.

Omona was welcomed by security officials and local leaders from Acholi sub region.

In February, Peter Kidega, also said to a former radio operator for the LRA defected from the CAR and was flown to Uganda.

Lt Ahmad Hassan Kato, the 4th Division army Public Relations Officer (PRO) says Omona becomes the third LRA fighter to defect in the last three months.

Lt Kato says Omona who was abducted from Alero in the current Nwoya district in early 2005 and had spent 12 years with the notorious rebel group.

Kato adds that Omona will be put under psychosocial support before he can be reintegrated in the community.

The army attributes the latest LRA defections to the pressure being put by the AU led forces and messages being aired on radio in CAR encouraging the LRA to defect.