In their joint communiqué, the two countries reaffirmed and endorsed that the pooling of forces aims to track down all armed groups and negative forces, specifically the ADF, and create stability in Eastern DRC.
Minister Ssempijja (in a black suit) with Congolese officials in Ituri
Congolese Defence Ministries have signed a defense and security agreement aimed
at conducting operations against armed groups specifically Allied Democratic
Forces (ADF) rebels in Ituri and North Kivu provinces.
agreement was signed on Thursday night in Bunia, Ituri province by the Ugandan
Defense Minister of Defence and Veteran Affairs, Vincent Bamulangaki Ssempijja,
and the Congolese Defence Minister Gilbert Kabanda.
joint communiqué, the two countries reaffirmed and endorsed that the pooling of
forces aims to track down all armed groups and negative forces, specifically
the ADF, and create stability in Eastern DRC.
“It is a
general agreement but a framework for pooling our armed forces which are in
progress, in particular in the fight against the ADF. You know, that the ADF is
an enemy of both Congo and Uganda, it is quite normal that we can fight against
each other. If there are local armed groups that are straddling the Congo and
Uganda, the agreement will expand,” Kabanda said.
Muyaya, Congolese Minister of Media and government spokesperson said that 31
Congolese that were taken hostage by the ADF have so far been released and 30
ADF terrorists captured. Muyaya welcomed the progress made so far in
the joint FARDC-UPDF operations in the territories of Irumu in Ituri and Beni
in North Kivu.
the populations of the DRC and Uganda that the operations will continue to be carried
out with strict respect for human rights while respecting the sovereignty of
these two countries.
1,700 Uganda Peoples Defense Forces (UPDF) soldiers are already deployed in
Eastern Democratic of Congo for a joint operation with FARDC against the ADF,
according to an insider security source in DR Congo.
the security source, the soldiers include special forces and infantry deployed
with their artillery and armor. Meanwhile, six people were on Wednesday evening
killed by suspected ADF rebels in the commune of Mangina, 30 kilometers west of
the town of Beni.
Vunyatsi, President of the civil society in Mangina, said that the suspected
rebels attacked the Dara cell in the Masimbembe neighborhood and also looted
pharmacies and houses.
says that the attack comes after three days of alert on the presence of armed
combatants in the region.