The governments of the Democratic Republic of Congo and Uganda have agreed to extend their joint military operations against rebels of the Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) in eastern DR Congo by two months.
The two countries started the joint military operations on Nov. 30, 2021.
They signed official documents on Wednesday, June 1, 2022, in Uganda during a meeting between a delegation from the two countries led by the Coordinator of the Joint FARDC-UPDF military operations, Maj.-Gen. Bombele Lohola Camille and his assistant Maj.-Gen. Kayanja Muhanga.
This agreement would be the third phase of the operations tagged “Shujaa”.
“We call on the populations of the two countries to support us by sharing information that would allow us to find the ADF fighters fleeing in small groups,” Maj.-Gen. Camille said.
According to the terms of the initial agreement, the Ugandan Peoples Defense Forces (UPDF) soldiers had to withdraw from DR Congo by May 31, 2022. However, the deal was extended after that because there were still enormous challenges.
“The enemy has quit the Death Triangle. We still have Irumu to tackle. The enemy has crossed the Ituri river, and we must work, so they do not arrive in Mambasa or Tshopo. We are also working with units in Haut-Uele,” a security source revealed.
“We must protect agglomerations and stop the bleeding on the national road number four, particularly on the Luna-Komanda stretch. We must also control the Mwalika valley and the Ruwenzori area.”
The two countries evaluate the operations every 60 days, and the third phase could also last 60 days.
The winding down of the Shujaa operations would depend on a joint decision of the two countries leaders.
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