KAMPALA Uganda (Xinhua) --
Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni on Sunday met
with the East African Community (EAC) military chiefs to
review strategies to defeat the Allied Democratic Forces (ADF).
In a military
statement issued here on Monday, Museveni, the current
chairman of the EAC, met with Chiefs of Defense Forces (CDFs)
and Military Intelligence (CMIs) of the six EAC partner states
armed forces at State House, Entebbe, about 40 kilometers,
south of the capital, Kampala.
The EAC brings
together Uganda, Tanzania, Kenya, South Sudan, Rwanda and
The meeting was
also attended by the CDFs and CMIs of the Democratic Republic
of the Congo (DRC) and South Africa on the invitation of their
Ugandan counterpart, Gen. David Muhoozi.
The statement said
that ADF currently causing havoc in eastern DRC is now
reported to be in alliance with elements of the Somali
militants, Al-Shabaab as well as the Islamic State, also known
Museveni in his
New Year message called for a joint regional effort to defeat
the ADF operating in eastern DRC.
“The meeting which
took place at State House Entebbe reviewed the security
situation in the region with special focus on ADF terrorists,”
said the statement.
agreed that the ADF is now a threat to the region and
therefore requires a coordinated regional approach to tackle
it,” it said.
The Defense Chiefs
commended current efforts by the Congolese Armed Forces
supported by the United Nations Organization Stabilization
Mission in the DRC (MONUSCO) and Uganda People Defense Forces
to wipe out the terrorists in eastern DRC.
offensive was therefore fully supported and should be
sustained,” said the statement.
further urged the countries that have not deployed their
officers to the Joint Follow-up Mechanism Center in Kasese
under International Conference on the Great Lakes Region (ICGLR)
to do so without further delay.
The center, Joint
Regional Military Center of the ICGLR, was established in 2016
to monitor and gather intelligence on rebel activities and
share it with member states.
ICGLR, a regional
intergovernmental body, comprises 12 countries—Uganda, Angola,
Burundi, Central African Republic, DRC, Republic of Congo,
Rwanda, Sudan, Kenya, South Sudan, Tanzania and Zambia.