Former LRA Commander Thomas Kwoyelo Recounts Alleged Abduction at Age 13

Thomas Kwoyelo, a former LRA commander, recounts his alleged abduction at 13 and claims he was a victim. His trial at Uganda's ICD court examines his role and the complex issues of child soldiers in the LRA.

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Former LRA Commander Thomas Kwoyelo Recounts Alleged Abduction at Age 13

Former LRA Commander Thomas Kwoyelo Recounts Alleged Abduction at Age 13

Thomas Kwoyelo, a former commander of the Lord's Resistance Army (LRA), has recounted his alleged abduction at the age of 13 while attending Pabbo Girls Primary School in Uganda.

Kwoyelo, who is currently on trial at the International Crimes Division (ICD) of the High Court in Uganda, claims he was abducted in 1988 by a group of armed men led by Okwera Dulmony.

During his testimony, Kwoyelo stated that the group of about 15 abductors intercepted him as he was running home from school. They took him and around 60-80 other abductees to a homestead, where they were tied up and held captive. The abductees were served raw cassava, unshelled groundnuts, and later meat and mashed cassava.

Kwoyelo has presented this alleged abduction as part of his defense, portraying himself as a victim. He has also protested the use of the alias 'Latoni' associated with his name, stating that he does not know where it came from.

The trial of Thomas Kwoyelo at the ICD is ongoing, as he faces charges related to his time as an LRA commander. The court is hearing testimony and evidence to determine the facts surrounding Kwoyelo's alleged abduction and his role within the LRA.

Kwoyelo's account of his alleged abduction at a young age raises questions about the recruitment tactics used by the LRA and the experiences of child soldiers within the group. His testimony sheds light on the complex issues surrounding the reintegration and accountability of former LRA members.

As the trial progresses, the court will continue to examine the evidence and hear from witnesses to establish the truth behind Kwoyelo's claims and determine his culpability for any crimes committed during his time with the LRA. The outcome of this case could have significant implications for transitional justice and reconciliation efforts in Uganda.

Key Takeaways

  • Thomas Kwoyelo, ex-LRA commander, claims he was abducted at 13 from school in Uganda.
  • Kwoyelo is on trial at the International Crimes Division in Uganda for his LRA role.
  • Kwoyelo portrays himself as a victim, protesting the use of the alias 'Latoni'.
  • The trial examines Kwoyelo's alleged abduction and his culpability for LRA crimes.
  • The case could impact transitional justice and reconciliation efforts in Uganda.