The infamous guerilla and rebel chief, Joseph Kony is reportedly involved in large-scale ivory smuggling to finance his mission of buying arms.
According to commander of a regional task force organized to eliminate Kony’s Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA), the outlawed rebel group now operates in the Democratic Republic of Congo, the Central African Republic and in pockets of South Sudan.
LRA is considered one of the most elusive and violent guerrilla groups on the continent.
Kony’s group has killed most of the elephants in the Central African Republic (CAR) so far to enable the rebel group buy arms.
The commander of the Regional Task Force (RTF) was speaking at the sidelines of a meeting between the African Union and chiefs of staff from Uganda, the Democratic Republic of Congo, the Central African Republic and South Sudan (currently the countries affected by the LRA insurgency).
The meeting was held in order to state stock of anti-LRA successes so far and tackle challenges of resources and coordination between the RTF and its partners.
The LRA was set up in 1987 by Kony with the primary goal of overthrowing the government of Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni.
According to Lt. Col. Olivier, Kony’s group are now poaching elephants in DRC Ngarambe Park before moving north side of CAR in a region called Kaphia Kingi where the trading is being conducted.