6:15PM GMT 18 Mar 2012
The Ugandan Prime Minister, Amama Mbabazi said the Kony 2012 video about tracking down the country’s fugitive warlord Joseph Kony paints a picture of Uganda that is “not complete.”
Mr Mbabazi said the Kony 2012 internet video which has gone viral and been viewed by tens of millions of people was an inaccurate portrayal of present day Uganda.
“It is as if Kony is still in Uganda, as if Uganda is still at conflict and yet of course we all know this is not true,” he said.
The Prime Minister added, “It gives impression that Uganda is still at war, people are still displaced, those many children are still out sleeping on the streets in Gulu and of course this not true.”
Uganda, which is spearheading efforts to find the suspected war criminal whose global profile soared after the YouTube videowas launched, said it wanted to show the world that Joseph Kony was not in the country.
Wanted by the International Criminal Court, Kony is accused of abducting children to use as fighters and sex slaves and is said to have a fondness for hacking off limbs.
After founding his Lord’s Resistance Army in the 1980s, he terrorised large parts of Uganda but his reign has subsided since 2005.
He is now believed to command only a few hundred followers, scattered in remote jungle hideouts in neighboring countries.
The Kony 2012 video made by California-based film-maker Jason Russell has been endorsed by celebrities, including, Justin Bieber, George Clooney and Oprah Winfrey.
Mr Mbabazi said Uganda was onto Kony’s trail and his government and added that he did not need a slick video on YouTube to draw the issue to his attention.
“We have actually formed a joint force which is commanded by Uganda with help of the African Union to have a joint effort in trying to trace Kony and we have had support from our partners, the international community,” he said.
“We are quite optimistic that we will catch up with Kony sooner than later,” he added.