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article imageOp-Ed: Uganda's Prime Minister says 'Kony 2012' video misinforms

By Anne Sewell     Mar 17, 2012 in World
Uganda's Prime Minister, while praising the humanitarian outcry resulting from the viral video, says that the Kony 2012 video misinforms, as Kony is not in Uganda. He responds with a video of his own.
The above video is an online response to the Kony 2012 video and contains a speech by Prime Minister Amama Mbabazi of Uganda who seeks to correct the "false impressions" created by the video.
RT reports that Mr Mbabazi released the 9-minute video to address the viewers of the Kony 2012 video who are backing the subsequent campaign resulting from the video.
Mr Mbabazi said that the fact that Joseph Kony is a criminal is undeniable. He has killed and brutalised many Ugandans, has forced young boys to become soldiers in the Lord's Resistance Army (LRA) and has used young girls as sex slaves.
But he said that the video misses a vital key point and stated: “The Kony 2012 campaign fails to make one point clear: Joseph Kony is not in Uganda.”
He advised that Kony has been out of Uganda since 2006 when Uganda's national troops forced the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) out of the country.
He also said that LRA now consists of only a couple of hundred fighters and that these are based in the the Central African Republic, the Democratic Republic of Congo, and the Republic of South Sudan.
Ugandan students
Ugandan students
Kimberly Burns/USAID
Mbabazi further states: "Uganda is not in conflict. Uganda is a modern, developing country which enjoys peace, stability and security," and he invited anyone who has doubts to visit Uganda to see for themselves.
20 international celebrities who are backing the Kony 2012 campaign received a personal invitation via Twitter to visit Uganda to reassure themselves that this is the truth.
In the video he also extends an invitation for all to visit his country, to see that it is a very different place to that portrayed by Invisible Children.
Invisible Children created the Kony 2012 video to raise awareness about the horrific activities of the LRA in Uganda and also to seek Kony's arrest. This video went viral and has received over 80 million views on YouTube.
Millions of YouTube users then shared the video on both Facebook and Twitter.
While it is good that awareness was raised about the evil acts of Joseph Kony and the Lord's Resistance Army, some people are questioning the motive behind the making of a video which reports 6-year-old events.
Skyrocketing YouTube views resulted in very high donation figures - was it all just to make money? In a recent Digital Journal report on the recent strange behavior and detention of Jason Russell, the filmmaker behind Kony 2012, it was reported that people are questioning what Invisible Children are doing with all the money collected. Russell defended his charity group and said that the funds are "funneled through an array of different endeavors". Not particularly reassuring.
Oil reserves have recently been discovered in Uganda - was it all about going into the country for the oil? In October 2011, the U.S. deployed troops to Uganda to aid in the capture of Kony. Was it a coincidence that this mission came just after Uganda had announced that it had discovered around 2.5 billion barrels of crude oil?
The U.S. State Department says that the troops are still in Uganda and that they have no intention of withdrawing from the country.
So a viral video that moved the hearts of millions might just possibly have been made for all the wrong reasons. However, we might never know the truth.
Video: A little information about "Invisible Children" and their other video endeavors:
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