Teso Leaders Willing to Adopt Mato Put

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Victims of the Lord's Resistance Army insurgency in eastern Uganda have said they are open to proposals for the use of traditional justice and reconciliation methods to deal with the 20-year conflict. Robert Engulu, the LC5 chairperson of Kaberamaido, told a meeting of Teso leaders at the Kaberamaido Lukiiko Hall that he was frustrated with the amount of time it was taking to obtain justice for victims of the LRA war. He noted that despite the issuing of International Criminal Court arrest warrants against the top LRA leaders little progress has been made to obtain justice for thousands of people who suffered at the hands of the rebels. During the meeting, the Teso leaders resolved that they would be open to discussions on adopting the Acholi traditional justice and reconciliation method, Mato Put. Mato Put, the Acholi traditional blood atonement ceremony has been proposed as an alternative to the ICC justice system. Mato Oput is an elaborate ceremony, which in English literally translates to


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