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Kenya Deceived Me - Lakwena

New Vision (Kampala), 5 July 2001

Alice Lakwena, the leader of Uganda's disintegrated Holy Spirit Movement, has blamed her 15-year exile in Kenya on the Kenyan authorities who she claimed misled her into fleeing Uganda.

The former sect leader, holed up in Dadaab refugee camp in northern Kenya, said she is home-sick and in dire need of a husband. She also wants to see her parents.

Lakwena recently told The Nation that she helped Kenya push back Ugandan troops that tried to infiltrate Busia in 1987.

"It is true I joined the Kenyan side to fight President Yoweri Museveni and opted to seek asylum hoping that I would receive a comfortable reception but that was not to be," she said.

Lakwena, 41, said the Dadaab camp had inadequate food and was insecure with rapists and bandits on the rampage.

She said she wanted to return to Uganda but feared she could be tried for crimes she committed while fighting Museveni's government.