African warlord Kony makes son his deputy

Fugitive African warlord Kony elevates son to No. 2 role, sidelining older commanders

African warlord Kony makes son his deputy

KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) -- Uganda's military says fugitive warlord Joseph Kony has handed over command of his group to his son, an elevation that further marginalizes senior commanders who may threaten Kony's fading authority.

Salim Saleh was born in the 1990s and has spent all his life in the bush.

Ugandan military spokesman Lt. Col. Paddy Ankunda said Saleh is "as hard as his father."

Kony, whose brutal group abducts children, is the subject of an international manhunt involving U.S. forces in parts of Central Africa. He has been elusive since the 1980s, when he waged an insurgency against Uganda's government that later spilled across the region.

Paul Ronan of the group The Resolve said the promotion signals Kony's weakness as he tries to keep "an iron grip" on the Lord's Resistance Army.

Updated : 2021-03-01 13:01 GMT+08:00