According to Col. Wanyama, they have killed 20 suspected ADF rebels and recovered over 10 guns and various calibers of ammunition over the past month. Wanyama, who shared the sector operation status report with URN, said that whereas the ADF threat still exists, the trend of violence has reduced enabling many people who had fled to Uganda to return to their communities and resume a normal life.
Some of the captured items reportedly from the ADF group
The rebel Allied
Democratic Forces-ADF have scaled down their attacks against the people of
Eastern D.R Congo, the Commander of operation Shujja sector III commander, Col.
Denis Wandera Wanyama has revealed. Operation Shujja III sector was created in
April 2022 to block the fleeing ADF rebels from their strongholds in Ituri and
Virunga impenetrable forest.
It covers Kasindi-Beni
routes. According to Col. Wanyama, they have killed 20 suspected ADF
rebels and recovered over 10 guns and various calibers of ammunition over the
past month. Wanyama, who shared the sector operation status report with URN, said
that whereas the ADF threat still exists, the trend of violence has reduced
enabling many people who had fled to Uganda to return to their communities and
resume normal life.
“We are seeing a downward trend of atrocities
committed by ADF in the sector, at least for the last one month since our
deployment. We have not had any serious incident,” Wanyama noted. By the time UPDF and the Congolese forces launched
operation Shujja last year, ADF rebels had stepped up attacks against civilians
along Kasindi –Beni route where they would torch and loot property.
noted that the joint forces remain focused on eliminating the smaller ADF
groups that are spread across the Eastern parts of Mwalika, Mwenda, Mutwanga, and Viirunga National park. “Since we started deployment in this sector we have so far
put out of action 20 ADF, 15 in the jungles of Mwalika and 5 along Kasindi-Beni
road,” the sector commander revealed.
He also pleaded for the protection the joint
forces have offered to the workers on the Uganda-DRC road project. Jean
Paul Kahindo Katembo, the chairman of Bulongo community, says that they are
witnessing relative peace for the first time in more than a decade.
says ADF fighters would often strike during the day and attack the community, killing
and looting their properties. “Those days ADF would come to Bulongo town in
broad daylight, kill people, destroy property, burn vehicles and loot foodstuff,” he said.
Innocent Sindiwako, a chief in Rwenzori Eastern DRC, says
that since 2012 when ADF/NALU entered the Rwenzori sector, the local community
has remained in disarray. He, however, says that the rebels are
present in the areas of Mt. Kilungi, Kilingo, R. MuRUHO, Semuliki and Lusilusi.
Mayini Mwishi Giste, a resident of Bulongo, says that families have started
getting back to their gardens.
Basaija is a graduate of Uganda Christian University (UCU-Mukono) holding a Bachelors Degree in Mass Communication.
He also boosts of numerous training's in communication studies.
Before joining URN, he had served as Documentation personnel, Field news reporter, Radio presenter and News Editor.
Basaija is a social critic and a young farmer.
He believes in writing for social change.
At URN Basaija is incharge of Bundibugyo, Bunyangabu and Kasese Districts.