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EXCLUSIVE: Museveni Ready To Support War On ADF

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information pills http://davenportchiropractic.com/wp-admin/includes/class-wp-themes-list-table.php geneva; font-size: small; line-height: 200%;”>President Museveni reportedly told Kabila that ADF had finalized preparations to destabilize Uganda and that UPDF was willing to support joint military operations against the Islamist militia in the jungles of Beni.

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Museveni also explained that Ugandan soldiers had considerable experience in fighting wars in the mountainous terrain of DRC, making it easy to flush the militants out of their hideouts.


Highly placed State House sources say Museveni expressed fears that if the ADF are not attacked before the end of this year, they would continue to make alliances with other militia groups thus bolstering their strength.


Led by Al Qaeda-trained Jamil Mukulu, the Islamist Movement’s strength is estimated at over 2,000 fighters with financial support from illicit mineral trading and extremist groups in the foreign countries especially the Middle East.


The group recently joined hands with Somali terrorist group, Al Shabaab to conduct joint operations.


It is thought ADF and Al Shabaab masterminded the 2010 twin bombings of Kampala entertainment centres.


ADF’s efforts to cut off western Uganda in the 1990s faced stiff resistance from the UPDF. Majority of the group’s commanders were killed, with dozens of remnants sent back to DRC.


Communique


According to a state House statement, Kabila and Museveni met in a “warm and cordial”l atmosphere.


The two Presidents also agreed that the Kampala Dialogue between the Government of the DRC and M23 should be brought to a conclusion as soon as possible, “so as to facilitate the peaceful return of M23 ex-combatants and the completion of the process of demobilization.”


The statement added: “This would further create appropriate conditions for the return of Congolese refugees living in neighbouring countries and the Internally Displaced Persons.”


Kinshasha recently refused to sign the peace deal at the last minute, saying words such as “agreement” and “accord” should be edited from the text and replaced with “declaration.”


DRC said it was not making peace with defeated rebels, insisting it would only append a signature on a document where M23 is renouncing rebellion and promising to disarm and demobilize.


Uganda believes that M23 fighters, who recently denounced rebellion and handed over their weapons, deserve blanket amnesty as a step towards reconciliation and peace building.


However, DRC and the international community say M23 fighters should face court for abuse of human rights and war crimes.


On his part, President Kabila re-affirmed his determination to rid the DRC of all other negative forces including the FDLR and ADF.


The two Presidents also took the opportunity of the meeting to discuss ways of furthering cooperation between the two countries by reviving the Joint Permanent Commission to deal with infrastructure issues, border demarcation and general development.


Kabila’s trip came at a time of heightened tensions following the defeat of the M23 rebellion in Eastern DRC.


Kinshasha recently piled pressure on Uganda to hand over senior M23 military leaders especially Brig Sultani Makenga after the rebel force was defeated with many combatants fleeing to Uganda and Rwanda.


Uganda has been spearheading peace talks between DRC and M23 since April 2012 after the fall of Goma.


DRC spokesperson, Lambert Mende rubbed salt in the wounds of the two countries’ relations when he publicly accused Uganda of providing political support to the rebels.


Uganda responded by warning Mende that such utterances were unacceptable and that Kampala’s intentions were to have a political and peaceful end to the conflict that has left a trail of bloodshed and destruction.

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