Ugandan Military Chief Says Joint Forces Have Cleared ADF Rebels From Bases

The declaration is coming at a time when DR Congo is joining forces with other East African countries to extinguish rebel activities and protect their borders.

Gen. Muhoozi Kainerugaba, Commander of Ugandan ground forces says the joint military operations being carried out in eastern DR Congo by the Ugandan People’s Defence Forces (UPDF) and the Congolese national army, FARDC, have succeeded in dislodging Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) rebels from several of their bases in North Kivu and Ituri provinces.

“I have just received information this morning from Maj. Gen. Kayanja that a large segment of the ADF have all fled from the zones that we have attacked namely the Semuliki bridge, Kambi ya Yua, Belu I, II and III, Tondoli, Kainama, Boga and Tshabi,” said Gen. Kainerugaba who is also the son of President Yoweri Museveni of Uganda.

The Ugandan ground forces commander made this known on Thursday April 21.

“In other words, in less than five months, the joint forces of the UPDF and FARDC of the Shujaa Operation have completely routed the ADF from the bases that they have been occupying for more than 22 years. I am waiting for MONUSCO, the UN forces, to help us in the operation. We would appreciate their assistance,” he added. 

The two forces, UPDF and FARDC, had on April 16, 2022 met in Bunia for the second phase of the evaluation of the joint operations. They both agreed that the operations have been successful.

In the meantime, 30 persons were killed in less than 10 days during attacks attributed to the ADF rebels on villages in Ituri. The villages are situated around Komanda, Mangusu and Shauri Moya.

The announcement and appeal from Gen. Kainerugaba came at the time when talks were being held in Nairobi, Kenya on Thursday April 21 between the presidents of the DR Congo, Rwanda, Uganda, Kenya and Burundi on security in eastern DR Congo.

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