Addressing Journalists at the party headquarters in Kamwokya, a Kampala city suburb, John Baptist Nambeshe, the NUP vice president Eastern Region, said that deployed forces are most likely to repeat the same mistakes of looting natural resources that occurred in the late 1990s that saw penalties sanctioned against Uganda government.
Unity Platform -NUP has warned that the "illegal" deployment of Ugandan troops in
Democratic Republic of Congo without Parliament's approval will cost the country highly.
On November 30th 2021, UPDF issued a statement
indicating that together with their counterparts of the DRC army, they had launched artillery and airstrikes
to eliminate the camps of the Allied Democratic Forces-ADF, a rebel terror group
that has over the years been accused of being behind terrorism activities in both Uganda and Democratic Republic of Congo.
However, the National Unity Platform -NUP says that the deployment of Ugandan troops in Congo without authorization by
the parliament as it is stipulated in the law was an act of illegality and its
outcomes will cost the country dearly.
Journalists at the party headquarters in Kamwokya, a Kampala city
suburb, John Baptist Nambeshe, the NUP vice president Eastern Region,
said that deployed forces are most likely to repeat the same mistakes of
looting natural resources that occurred in the late 1990s that saw
penalties sanctioned against Uganda government.
" Our track record of UPDF in DRC is very bad, there is a hanging debt of over
US$10 Billion that Uganda has to pay as a result of looting that was done in the past," Nambeshe said. "It
may not be paid by us, but our great grandchildren will surely have pay. And now the same mistake
is likely to be repeated."
He says the government is less concerned with
accumulating debts that are deepening the risks for future of Uganda.
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why the Ugandan government did not emulate what Democratic Republic of Congo government
did when they requested for the endorsement of parliament to allow their troops to join the combined operation with Uganda.
Parliament convened and allowed their troops to join Uganda in these operations
first," Nambeshe said. "I wonder why the Ugandan government
did not emulate the same, to seek the approval of parliament, and nobody would have
rejected it. But what was done is an absolute sort of illegality that will cost us."
Mufumbiro the party’s deputy spokesperson said the action of taking Ugandan
troops to Congo without the parliament's approval clearly explains how UPDF is
being owned by individuals not Ugandans as the constitution stipulates.
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Earlier this month the Deputy Speaker of Parliament, Anita
Among, asked the government to present to Parliament a comprehensive report on its
foreign deployment of the Uganda People’s Defence Forces UPDF to Democratic
Republic of Congo, an explanation that hasn’t been presented.