Following a reported division in the ranks of the Lord’s Resistance Army, which has been terrorizing northern Uganda for over 20 years, three senior LRA commanders trekked out of their base in the Democratic Republic of Congo to surrender.
The supposed split could be a major turning point in the decades old conflict, as reports put the force’s top commander, Joseph Kony, against his better educated second in command, Vincent Otti. Such a split would leave the LRA militarily vulnerable and likely more reliant on the continuing peace talks, which have lately stalled around negotiations of money for various consultations.
The commanders’ surrender is the first hard evidence of such a split. We’ll keep you posted with more information from Gulu.