Uganda’s army has hailed the surrender of a senior commander of the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) who was in charge of communication for leader Joseph Kony.

Major Michael Omona returned to his hometown of Gulu in northern Uganda on Monday, 23 years after he was kidnapped by the feared LRA.

Ugandan army spokesperson Richard Karemire said Omona handed himself over to United States troops in the Central African Republic last month.

The 35 year old Omona was kidnapped by the LRA at age 12, rising through the ranks to become the rebel group’s top radio operator, personally in charge of Kony’s communication.

A self-styled mystic and prophet, Kony launched a bloody rebellion three decades ago seeking to impose his own version of the 10 commandments in northern Uganda.

The United Nations says the LRA has slaughtered more than 100 000 people and abducted 60 000 children since it was set up in 1987.