Pictorial: UPDF Withdraws From Central African Republic

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Troops of Uganda People's Defense Forces making up the 39 battalion today started withdrawing from the Central African Republic ending a combat-equipped deployment  in search for Joseph Kony, the leader of the Lords Resistance Army.

The UPDF has been in CAR since December 2009 as part of Operation Lightening Thunder, launched after reports that the LRA was causing instability in Obo, a forested town in CAR and later as  part of the African Union Regional Task Force launched in 2012.

They were under instruction to arrest or kill the self-styled mystic and prophet, who launched a bloody rebellion three decades ago in northern Uganda. The United Nations  says the LRA has slaughtered more than 100,000 people and abducted 60,000 children since it was set up in 1987.

UPDF Spokesman Brigadier Richard Karemire says that although Kony was not captured, the decision to withdraw was premised on the realization that the mission to neutralize the LRA has now been successfully achieved and LRA's capacity of waging war against Uganda has been degraded.  

The troops began arriving in 4th Division barracks in Gulu on Wednesday morning. URN brings you pictures of their arrival.

Peter Labeja captured some of the moments.

 

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Peter Labeja
Peter Labeja has been a journalist for ten years. During this period, Peter Labeja has investigated and reported on post conflict issues related to land rights of under privileged, resettlement of internally displaced persons and access to services in the aftermath of Lord’s Resistance Army conflict in Northern Uganda.

“The thin line between environment and human survival in a changing climate challenges me to do robust coverage of this beat” Labeja said. In 2013, Labeja won prestigious Pan African Journalism Award for excellence in journalism at UN’s UNEP headquarters in Nairobi, Kenya. His journalism spans national and international boundaries.

Labeja previously worked with The Vision Group for four years and later became URN staff member in 2014. He is currently the bureau chief in charge of West Acholi -Gulu, Amuru, Nwoya and Omoro districts. His major interests are in environment and natural resource, human rights and access to justice, security, agriculture and governance.

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Col Richard Otto briefing troops before deperture in Nzara
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UPDF moving towards waiting point at Nzara air base
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UPDF troops Boarding the plane to Gulu
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UPDF troops on Arrival at Gulu air Base
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Brig Kidega flagging off UPDF troops from Nzara air base (1).JPG
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Chief of Staff Land Forces Brig Katsigazi recieving UPDF troops on arrival from CAR
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hief of Staff land Forces Brig Katsigazi briefing troops on arrival at Gulu Airbase
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(L-R) Brig. Emmanuel Kanyesigye, Brig. Tumusiime Katsigazi, Chief of Staff Land Forces and Lt. Hassan Ahmed Kato, PRO 4th Division
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A Soldier Ladden With His Backpack
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One the Move. Troops Moves To Load Luggage Onto A Military Car At the Airfield
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The troops At Gulu Airfield
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The Troops Withdrawn So Far
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We made it. Troops Loading Luggage To Head To Gulu Barracks
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Members of 39 Battalion Joyfully Singing In Gulu Airfield After Arriving Home From Operation Lightning Thunder in Central African Republic
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Disembarkation From The Plane
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Brig. Tumusiime Katsigazi, the Acting Chief of Staff Land Forces Is Saluted By the Arriving Troop Members At Gulu Airfield As Brig Emmanuel Kanyesigye Commander 4th Division Looks On
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Gulu Airfield Host The Air Defense Pilot Training School
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