A few months ago, President Barack Obama signed into law the LRA Disarmament and Northern Uganda Recovery Act. It was a piece of legislation that I had spent almost a year pushing for through local lobbying and organizing. I think most of you can remember my excitement when the House finally passed the bill. In total, I attended seven or eight lobby meetings and made dozens of phone calls before it was finally passed.
Three months later, it looks like I’m back at it. Included in the law was a mandate that, in 180 days, the Obama administration draft a strategy of how the United States would assist in apprehending the LRA leader Joseph Kony. Upon signing the bill into law, the President stated that the U.S. was dedicated to this mission. Soon after, Secretary of State Clinton said much the same thing. Since then, not a word – and there’s only 70 days left.
Resolve Uganda is about to launch a campaign to keep pressure on the Obama administration from putting together a piecemeal strategy. If this law is going to do anything, it needs to be a comprehensive plan. Last week I met with the District Director at Rep. Harry Mitchell’s office and urged my representative in the House to state that he would read and review the strategy. I’m trying to muster some support for an end-of-month meeting at the office of my former representative, Jeff Flake. Hopefully, we can keep the pressure on or else this year of lobbying will have amounted to little.