April 1, 1996 |
Brig. Gen. Chefe Ali, army commander of the north, held his gleaming cavalry sword high as he mounted his steed--in this case, the back of a bicycle pedaled by an aide--and charged off into the bush here last week to inspect the depredations of Africa's latest nightmare. For two hours, terrified villagers told Ali of atrocities and attacks by the Lord's Resistance Army, a fanatic Christian fundamentalist cult led by a self-proclaimed prophet with a murderous manner.
July 11, 1995 |
They can be intensely small, these skirmishes for Africa's future. Like the duel between the cornerstone and the land mine in the red-dirt frontier of northern Uganda. At an essential moment of their history, Ugandans are building the new pride of Africa--and simultaneously threatening to blow it up. Uganda was a human slaughterhouse during the reign of Idi Amin, the bloodthirsty general who was the nation's self-proclaimed "President for Life" from 1971 to 1979.
April 23, 1995 |
Rebels of the Lord's Resistance Army slaughtered 82 civilians abducted on a rampage through northern Uganda, a Ugandan military officer said Saturday. Seven of the dead were soldiers' wives abducted from the northern town of Gulu by LRA fighters. The LRA wants Uganda to be ruled strictly by the tenets of the Bible's Ten Commandments. Thursday's was the largest attack by the rebels since a battle with troops in 1988.
August 2, 1994 |
Some changes noted upon returning to sub-Saharan Africa after an absence of more than 14 years: The last time I was in Kampala, Idi Amin had just been overthrown and the lobby of the Apollo Hotel was full of drunken Tanzanian soldiers who delighted in shooting out ceiling lights. The hotel had no food or electricity, and I drew my drinking water from a fire hose. Today the newly renovated hotel is a Sheraton and a popular gathering spot in a city on the mend.
July 10, 1989 |
Rebel guerrillas, some loyal to former Ugandan dictator Idi Amin, killed at least six government soldiers, looted homes, stole cattle, and seized two posts in attacks along the Zaire border last week, witnesses said Sunday. Army reinforcements moved into the area in northwest Uganda and the rebels withdrew into neighboring Zaire and Sudan.
June 5, 1988
Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni signed a peace agreement with a major northern rebel group to absorb the guerrillas into his National Resistance Army, official Uganda Radio said. The signing ceremony involving Museveni and Uganda People's Democratic Army (UPDA) leader Lt. Col. John Okello took place Friday in the northern town of Gulu,544499813weeks of negotiations between the two sides and a split within the rebel group. Former commander Brig.