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Gen Katumba: ADF A National Security Threat


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“The country over the past years has been grappling with many security threats both within and outside the borders but for now there are minimal threats,’’ said the newly appointed army commander.

“But we think there is a problem of ADF across the Eastern borders of DRC where the rebel Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) are holed up.”

Katumba was addressing his first press conference at the Ministry of Defence headquarters at Mbuya Hill, Kampala on Monday.

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The ADF) a Ugandan-led Islamist rebel group based around the Rwenzori Mountains of North Kivu, is said to have increased the number of its combatants from 800 to 1,300 in 2012

Of these fighters, 800 are believed to be highly trained and well-equipped under military commander Hood Lukwago.

The sanctioned individual Jamil Mukulu remains the supreme leader.

Ugandan authorities and ex-combatants confirmed the presence of Mukulu alongside ADF for several months early in 2012.

ADF is said to be collaborating with Al-Shabaab in Somalia. Reports indicate ADF trained groups of young people in its camps for several months before sending them to Somalia to fight.

The first of these groups departed the camps in November 2011 after the arrest in Nairobi of the son of Mukulu identified as Bikumbi Hassan Mukulu. Al-Shabaab agents Mustapha Kamau and Jacob Musyoka posted his bail in November 2011.

Several Kenyan intelligence agencies confirmed that those individuals were members of Al-Shabaab and supported Mukulu and his family when in Nairobi.

Uganda authorities have in the past asked DRC to crack down on ADF elements in Kivu.

In a military operation codenamed “Operation Rwenzori” in 2011, DRC forces were beaten by the rebels who eventually seized considerable caches of heavy equipment from the attackers.

Chimpreports recently quoted security agents linking the rise of murder cases in the country to ADF insurgents.

According to ex-combatants and Ugandan intelligence, ADF has strong support networks in the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland.

Following their arrest on 30 November 2011, Congolese officials repatriated ADF political cadres Hoods Sempebwa and Habibi Kiwanuka to the United Kingdom. The two play an important role in coordinating Diaspora support networks.

ADF also operates financial support cells at the port of Tanga in the United Republic of Tanzania and in Bujumbura, Kigali and Nairobi.

According to ex-combatants, couriers transport financial resources generated by those cells to ADF by crossing through the Kasindi border post from Uganda to the Democratic Republic of the Congo. ADF also generates local revenue through several business arrangements in Beni territory.

Sources say the rebels profit from taxation on illegal timber production west of Erengeti and several gold mines near Bialose village along the Lesse River.

The extensive recruitment networks of ADF persist throughout Burundi, Uganda and the United Republic of Tanzania. The movement continues to use the Ugandan border town of Bwera as a transit centre for its recruits.

It is said new recruits and political officers visiting the rebels from abroad are increasingly passing through Kigali to Goma and travelling northwards to Beni.

ADF recruits include children, as exemplified by the case of a rebel recruiter who was captured by Ugandan authorities in Kasese with six young boys on his way to the Democratic Republic of the Congo in July 2012.

Katumba therefore cautioned the citizens to be at guard against the subversive forces.

Katumba further noted that the situation of cattle rustling that had been rampant in Karamoja has now been contained after the constant disarmament operations waged by the Army in the area.

“It’s now a few cases of theft of 1 or 2 animals by the warriors but the operation has also helped to maintain peace within the region as all the communities are now at peace and free from rustling.’’ stressed the army chief.

He, however, called upon the government of Kenya step up its operations of disarming its nationals and also called upon people from Karamoja not to give up on branding their animals to lessen the work of recovering the stolen animals.

The CDF further commended the tremendous work by the UPDF upon the LRA in Central African Republic which has rendered Kony weak to the point of now becoming a nuisance to the people in area.

“Kony can longer wage any war in Central African Republic but the best he can do is to send a group of four or five of this men to abduct young girls to turn them into wives and steal food from the citizens within the area,’’ added Katumba.


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