By RODNEY MUHUMUZA
KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) – Ugandan officials said Wednesday that a fresh allegation by Sudan that Uganda supports anti-Sudan rebels is a tactic to divert attention from Uganda‘s claim that Sudan is sheltering warlord Joseph Kony.
James Mugume, permanent secretary at Uganda‘s Foreign Affairs Ministry, said a formal complaint was made this week by the Sudanese embassy in Uganda.
“It’s mere rhetoric,” Mugume said. “We have asked the Sudanese to send us a team which we can discuss with. Let them send a team here with clear allegations, with proof that we can deal with.”
Ugandan army spokesman Col. Felix Kulayigye said Sudan‘s allegation was an effort to get even with Uganda, where diplomats and security officials are increasingly accusing Khartoum of renewing its support for Kony’s brutal Lord’s Resistance Army.
“We kept quiet until we got human intelligence that Khartoum was again supporting the LRA,” Kulayigye said. “They are the ones who have an agenda. They have not produced any evidence.”
Ugandan officials now say Kony is no longer hiding in the Central African Republic, where Ugandan troops have been hunting for him since 2009. They cite as evidence the account of a captured LRA rebel who wore a new uniform