UPDF Refutes ADF Attack In Kasese


buy more about geneva; font-size: small;”>This is reference to the New Vision of Thursday, visit this September 5 2013 headline, discount “Congo Rebels attack Kasese” and the Red Pepper article titled “ADF rebels strike Kasese” published on Thursday.

In a statement released Thursday, the UPDF spokesperson Paddy Ankunda says, “This is to clarify that contrary to what is reported in some Ugandan dailies, there was no attack on any area of Kasese.”

He instead explains that on Wednesday, 11 fugitive soldiers of FARDC (the DRC military) under the Command of Col Eric Bisamaza, who had defected from the FARDC last month, illegally crossed into Ugandan territory but were arrested by the UPDF troops in Bwera, Kasese District.

The group is reported to have been fleeing to safety following a pursuit by the FARDC Army.

“There was no shooting at all since the group was not violent,” he notes.

Ankunda clarifies that the action of the troops did not cause any displacement of the community in the area as reported.

“The UPDF and the Government of Uganda have started the process of repatriating them, following the normal diplomatic channels,” indicates the released statement.

This follows the ADF threats and their heinous crimes like the recent clandestine recruitment of children in Uganda and the attacks in Kamango, Eastern DRC that caused an influx of refugees into Uganda.

However, Ankunda says, “We continue to strongly condemn the ADF acts and this latest development is not in any way related to the ADF threat.”

He appealed to the international community to rein in on the terrorist ADF and prefer charges against them as appropriate.

“We reiterate our commitment and assurance to the community of Kasese and entire Western Uganda that the UPDF will do all it takes to ensure continued territorial integrity of our boarders and the country at large,” said Ankunda.


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