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Monday, April 5, 1999 Published at 16:54 GMT 17:54 UK

World: Africa

Ugandan rebel official resigns

A senior official of the Ugandan rebel movement, the Lord's Resistance Army, has announced that he's resigning.

David Nyekorach-Matsanga, who's currently based in London, said the group had become a tool of the Sudanese government.

But Mr Matsanga said he would continue to fight to remove the Ugandan President, Yoweri Museveni, through his own rebel group, the Uganda Salvation Front, in eastern Uganda.

The Lord's Resistance Army has been operating out of bases in parts of southern Sudan controlled by the Khartoum government -- since 1994. Correspondents say its eleven-year war in northern Uganda has been accompanied by extreme brutality, including large-scale abductions of children who are either forced to fight for the rebels or become sex slaves.

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