A senior commander in Kony's army has been captured by the Ugandan troops, boosting the confidence of the search teams
The Ugandan troops have been able to capture one of Kony's top commanding officers and the Lord's Resistance Army has finally suffered a blow. The captured commander is Caesar Achellam, who is a major general in Kony's army of about 200 fighters. The commander was one of the top five members of the Lord's Resistance Army and his capture is sure to shake up the entire army and Kony. According to details, Caesar Achellam was a very close aide of Kony himself and he was in the center of all the things carried out by the LRA.
According to the details provided by the Ugandan army, Caesar Achellam was caught with just an AK-47 rifle and eight rounds of ammunition. He was with his wife, a young daughter and a helper, and all have been captured. A spokesman for the Uganda People's Defense Force (UPDF), said that Caesar Achellam was in a group of 30 other LRA rebels, who all escaped when he was captured. He was caught in an ambush which was carried out by the Ugandan forces along the banks of the River Mbou in Central African Republic (CAR) on Saturday.
In 2005, Kony, along with other commanders of the LRA were indicated by the International Criminal Court and even though Caesar Achellam was not one of them, he was still a top strategist in the LRA. Achellam was the leading commander who manoeuvred LRA's move from Northern Uganda.
After his capture, Caesar Achellam was paraded before the media and he walked with a limp due to an old wound. According to details, he walked into the ambush which was carried out by the Ugandan army upon his return from the Democratic Republic of Congo.
"The arrest of Major General Caesar Achellam is big progress because he is a big fish," said UPDF spokesman Felix Kulaigye according to a report by msnbc.com. "His capture is definitely going to cause an opinion shift within the LRA."
Kony is a self-proclaimed leader of the Lord's Resistance Army who once wanted to rule Uganda. Since his plan failed, he fled from Uganda and first went to hide in Sudan and now he is rumored to be some place in Congo. He is known to abduct children and either train them for fighting or turn them into his sex slaves. The Ugandan army, along with the assistance of the U.S. forces, has been looking for Kony for a long time and the capture of Achellam has surely given that search a boost.