ADF Strikes Near Uganda Border


information pills geneva;”>Armed with submachine guns, visit this explosives and elementary weapons such as pangas, check the rebels also took over Kamango Village in DRC, displacing at least 500 refugees who fled to Uganda.

UPDF Spokesperson, Lt Col Paddy Ankunda, told Chimpreports on Thursday evening that the army “has deployed heavily to secure lives and property of Ugandans near the border, adding, “In UPDF we don’t take anything for granted.”

Ankunda emphasized that “the fact that ADF are overrunning Congolese military bases near the border and the recent military build-up is a cause for worry.”

Eyewitnesses said hundreds of Congolese refugees were crossing the border into Kasese at an alarming rate.

Deputy Police spokesperson, Patrick Onyango, said the law enforcement body has received 500 refugees in Bundibugyo.

“The refugees are now being housed in Bubandi Primary School. They don’t have water and food and are now calling for help,” said Onyango.


Security sources who interviewed some of the refugees said the ADF were “heavily-armed and in large numbers.”

Intelligence shows that the Islamist rebel group based around the Rwenzori Mountains of North Kivu, had increased the number of its combatants from 800 to 1,500 by January 2013.

Of these fighters, 1,000 are believed to be highly trained and well-equipped under military commander Hood Lukwago. It remains unclear whether Lukwago is currently training with the rebels since recent information showed that he was in Britain.

However, the sanctioned individual and elusive Al-Qaeda-trained combatant, Jamil Mukulu, remains the supreme leader.

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

The Kenyan authorities, however, believed then that Mukulu was based in Tanzania.

Ankunda told this website that “it is now official that ADF are collaborating with Al Shabaab.”

He added: “Al-Shabaab have been training ADF on how to use improvised explosives. But we will defeat all forms of external aggression.”

The better part of the ADF composition was obliterated in the late 1990s when they attempted to attack Uganda through western Uganda.

They also killed burnt to death students in a dormitory at Kichwamba Technical College in Kabarole District.

The rebel onslaught saw civilians brutally killed at the hands of ADF militia.

Sources say 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.

Intelligence later 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.

ADF is thought to be having strong support networks in 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.

Officials say couriers transport financial resources generated by those cells to ADF by crossing through the Kasindi border post from Uganda to DRC.

ADF also generates local revenue through several business arrangements in Beni territory.

It is also said the rebels profit from taxation on illegal timber production west of Erengeti and several gold mines near Bialose village along the Lesse River.

ADF recently attacked civilians accused of not respecting business arrangements or providing intelligence to the Congolese authorities.

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

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

Fearing potential air strikes, sources said ADF recently obtained anti-aircraft weapons.

They described the arrival of such weapons in July 2012, requiring six ADF collaborators to transport them from near Oicha westwards towards ADF camps.

Ankunda said UPDF was sharing information across the border with its Congolese counterparts.


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