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Ugandan president calls for regional effort to defeat ADF rebels

KAMPALA Uganda (Xinhua) -- Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni in his New Year message on Sunday called for a joint regional effort to defeat the Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) operating in eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC).

Museveni said that Great Lakes actors need to pacify eastern DRC where ADF has continued to recruit and train its fighters.

The Great Lakes states include Uganda, DRC, Burundi, Ethiopia, Kenya, Malawi, Mozambique, Rwanda, South Sudan, Tanzania and Zambia.

Museveni said Uganda is ready to cross into DRC’s North Kivu Province to assist in hunting the rebels if the authorities in Kinshasa give the mandate to do so.

"If the Congolese government so decides we can assist them uproot the ADF from that area," said Museveni.

Uganda is seeking authorization from the DRC government to allow its troops to cross into eastern DRC to pursue the rebel group currently causing havoc in North Kivu.

On Dec. 22, Uganda People’s Defense Forces (UPDF) used its jet fighters and artillery fire to attack the outfit’s bases in the jungles of DRC’s North Kivu, according to the Ugandan military.

The army said over 100 rebel fighters were killed in the operation sparked by the group’s attack on the UN peacekeepers, which killed 15 Tanzanian blue helmets and five DRC troops.
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Uganda seeks DRC authorization to hunt ADF inside its territory

KAMPALA Uganda (Xinhua) -- Uganda is engaging and seeking authorization from the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) government for a mandate to hunt the Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) in its territory, a military spokesperson said here on Sunday.

Brig. Richard Karemire, Ugandan military spokesperson, told Xinhua that the authorities in Kampala are engaging their Kinshasa counterparts for permission to allow the East African country’s infantry troops to cross into eastern DRC to pursue and hunt the rebel group, currently causing havoc in North Kivu Province.

"DRC is a sovereign state (and) independent country. It’s absolute common sense to engage its authorities on such matter of common security interest, more so when these ADF terrorists have established havens on its territory," said Karemire.

On Dec. 22, Uganda People’s Defense Forces (UPDF) used its jet fighters and artillery fire to attack the outfit’s bases in the jungles of eastern DRC’s North Kivu province, according to the Ugandan military.

The army said over 100 rebel fighters were killed in the operation that was sparked off by the group’s attack on the UN peacekeepers, which killed 15 Tanzanian blue helmets and five DRC troops and wounded 53 others.

             

 

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