ADF Strains Uganda, DRC Relations


cheapest geneva; font-size: small; line-height: 115%;”>Chimpreports can exclusively reveal that government has decided to direct Uganda’s Permanent Representative to United Nations, no rx Dr Richard Nduhuura to formally protest to the internationally body against DRC government’s “failure to contain the rebel ADF threat.”

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The Foreign Affairs Permanent Secretary, Amb. James Mugume, could not deny or confirm the development.

“Yes, obviously that could make sense because ADF are becoming a bigger threat to Uganda. I am attending a family function upcountry where I have been for some days so I haven’t seen the letter giving those instructions to Nduhuura,” Mugume told this Corp by telephone on Saturday afternoon.

Sources said Nduhuura will be provided with evidence of how ADF are carrying out forced conscriptions of combatants as young as 6 years old from East Africa; photographs of ADF training camps and documents on their planned war against Uganda to convince UN to reign in on DRC.

“Uganda wants three things. One is that the DRC army must immediately take on these rebels and eliminate this growing threat against Uganda. We cannot continue having this group of militants supported by Al Qaeda in our neighborhood. This is dangerous for national security and we are saying enough is enough,” said a source.

The second demand from Uganda is that DRC must without delay form plans of a joint operation with Uganda to dismantle ADF camps thus neutralizing the rebel threat.

It should be noted that in 2011, Congolese troops attempted to overrun ADF positions in Beni. The consequences were disastrous as the rebels managed to annihilate the invaders before seizing large caches of weapons which they used to strengthen their armory.

Since then, DRC had never returned to Beni until a couple of weeks ago when the same rebel group raided Kamango Village and displaced over 150,000 Congolese to Uganda refugee camps.

By the time FARDC arrived, the ADF had looted an entire town before returning to their trenches.

Between 2011 and 2013, President Yoweri Museveni has sent several UPDF Generals to convince Congolese Generals to draw a master plan to “finish the ADF problem once and for all.”

They include Police boss Gen Kale Kayihura, Gen Salim Saleh; former Chief of Defence Forces, Gen Aronda Nyakairima and current head of military intelligence Brigadier Charles Bakahumura.

However, all these efforts have failed to bear fruit. Sources say the joint information sharing operations between UPDF and DRC have not helped the situation.

The third demand from Uganda, according to impeccable security sources, is that DRC allows UPDF to singlehandedly launch a military operation against the ADF.

“As of now it would be considered as an invasion of another country. The UN would slap sanctions on us. We want a green light from DRC government which is not forthcoming,” the source added.

Asked whether Uganda would wait for ADF to attack first, the source said, “future developments will be determined by the reports we receive. All options remain on the table.”


Based around the Rwenzori Mountains of North Kivu, the Al-Qaeda-sponsored militia has increased the number of its combatants from 800 to 1,500 by January 2013 and has some supporters inside the Uganda.

Of these fighters, 1,000 are believed to be highly trained and well-equipped under military commander Hood Lukwago while the elusive Al-Qaeda-trained combatant, Jamil Mukulu, remains the supreme leader.

Mukulu has been cited in ADF training camps, Eastleigh area of Kenya and Tanga province, Tanzania.

In 2011, Kenya security operatives raided the residence of Mukulu but fell short of arresting the terrorist. It’s only the rebel commander’s son identified as Hassan Mukulu and a trove of documents that were recovered from the posh residence.

Ankunda recently said “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. Sources say former PGB Commander, Brig Geoffrey Muheesi, was the first UPDF officer to command operations against ADF in the Rwenzori area.

He was later backed by the late Maj Gen James Kazini and Gen Salim Saleh, who, through the Alpine Brigade, wiped out ADF central command before pursuing and killing its followers.

Having failed to overrun UPDF bases in western Uganda, ADF resorted to urban terrorism. Bombs were detonated in Kampala in which scores of innocent people died.

Sources said it was then spymaster Brig Henry Tumukunde who dismantled ADF cells in Buganda region. With such a decisive defeat, ADF had no option but to retreat to the trenches in DRC.

It resorted to kidnaps and forced recruitment of combatants to fill its ranks and raise a force to wage war again. ADF also carried out assault operations on DRC army bases where they captured weapons for its militants.

Sources say ADF trains groups of young people in its camps for several months before sending them to Somalia to fight.


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