January 08, 2015
WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), senior member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, released the following statement on the surrender of the Lord’s Resistance Army’s (LRA) deputy commander, Dominic Ongwen:
“The LRA has wreaked havoc upon hundreds of thousands throughout central Africa for more than two decades. The surrender of Ongwen is a strong sign that the end of the LRA and Kony is in sight. I applaud our nation’s military, specifically the U.S. Africa Command, who has been working in tandem with the Uganda People’s Defense Forces over the past several years to weaken the influence of the LRA. The fruit of our efforts are continuing to materialize, and I will remain fervently involved until we finally end Joseph Kony and the LRA’s reign of terror.”
In 2009, Inhofe led the successful congressional effort to pass the Lord’s Resistance Army Disarmament and Northern Uganda Recovery Act, and in 2014 Inhofe included additional authorization in the National Defense Authorization Act of Fiscal Year 2015 to continue U.S. support to regional partners combating the LRA.
Over the past two years, U.S. forces have intensified support for Ugandan troops, increased training of South Sudanese and Congolese units and expanded jungle bases and airstrips.