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DR Congo, Ugandan Forces Preparing For 3rd Phase Of Operation Shujaa

The preparations are going on despite an announcement by Gen. Muhoozi Kainerugaba, Uganda’s chief of land forces, on May 17, 2022 that Ugandan forces will withdraw from the DR Congo on May 31, 2022 unless a new military accord between the two countries is signed.

The Democratic Republic of Congo national army, FARDC, and the Uganda Peoples Defence Forces (UPDF) are preparing for the launching of the third phase of “Operation Shujaa”.

Soldiers of the two countries have since Nov. 30, 2021 been carrying out joint military operations against the Allied Defence Forces (ADF) rebels in eastern DR Congo.

The preparations are going on despite an announcement by Gen. Muhoozi Kainerugaba,  Uganda’s chief of land forces, on May 17, 2022 that Ugandan forces will withdraw from the DR Congo on May 31, 2022 unless a new military accord between the two countries is signed.

In the meantime, the two armies said they were satisfied with the results of the operation and confirmed they were in control of the Beni-Kamango highway though their work was far from being over as there were still many challenges to overcome.

“The enemy has quite the Death Triangle. We still have Irumu territory to tackle as the enemy has crossed the Ituri river,” a top military source told HumAngle.

“We have to work so that the enemy does not arrive Mambasa or Tshopo. We are also working with units in Haute-Uele.”

“We have protected the agglomerations, stopped haemorrhaging on the national highway number four particularly the Luna-Komanda stretch. We must also take total control of the Mwalika valley and the greater Ruwenzori.”

Evaluations of the “Operation Shujaa” are carried out every 60 days and the third phase would last 60 days.

Security sources disclosed the end of “Operation Shujaa” would depend on the joint decision of President Felix Tshisekedi of the DR Congo and President Yoweri Museveni of Uganda.


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Chief Bisong Etahoben

Chief Bisong Etahoben is a Cameroonian investigative journalist and traditional ruler. He writes for international media and has participated in several transnational investigations. Etahoben won the first-ever Cameroon Investigative Journalist Award in 1992. He serves as a member of a number of international investigative journalism professional bodies including the Forum for African Investigative Reporters (FAIR). He is HumAngle's Francophone and Central Africa editor.

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