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At the entrances of the training facilities in Kyegegwa were Arabic insignia associated with the ADF, whose motive is to overthrow the government of President Museveni and establish an Islamic state in Uganda.


ADF subjects the people it recruits or abducts to a four-month training regimen. This training includes instruction on the Koran (in Arabic), but is mainly focused on military skills.


Training groups typically include adult men and boys, and involve skills such as marching, hand-to-hand fighting, and shooting a variety of guns.


In Kyegegwa, the suspected assailants were at one time arrested and charged in courts of law for recruiting young men but charges were dropped after prosecution fell short of providing substantial evidence to implicate the accused.


Armed with machetes and guns, militants raided Magoma Murungimwema Pentecostal church before attacking believers during the night prayers.


The preacher who was identified as Beata Mukachaka, 20, was beheaded. True to the fighters’ brutality, Mukachaka’s head was later chopped into pieces at the altar.


Beheading Tradition


The manner in which the female preacher was killed is common among the ADF, according to the source.


For example in their training camps, very few recruits manage to escape from ADF because they are thoroughly indoctrinated and terrorized by the movement’s leaders, who brutally kill people who are caught trying to escape by beheading or crucifixion.


During an attack on the border town of Kamango, ADF also beheaded the local Chief of Bawisa Groupement, Nelson Baliebula Kwambuka who had leaked their operations to the Congolese army.


ADF has also assassinated other people with whom it has had disagreements including a Congolese Intelligence officer named Abdou, who had arrested 5 ADF collaborators in Butembo.


Between July and August 2012, ADF killed three Sheikhs in Bugiri District, Uganda, after a falling out with ADF leader Jamil Mukulu.


“That’s ADF which has maintained the culture of beheading people. We will find whoever killed our people in Kyegegwa,” a source told this website.


Cop


Kyegegwa Police station officer, Grace Mwiine was shot and injured in the leg and thigh while responding to the attack. He died a few hours later due to over bleeding. The militants’ leader disappeared from the neighbouring hill.


According to Deputy Police publicist, Polly Namaye, police are hunting down the criminals whose acts have pushed the country’s security chiefs over the edge.


Namaye said the attackers left their base at a neighbouring Mosque before storming the church.


An ADF training facility in Kyegegwa

It should be remembered in the late 1990s, ADF first had prayers at a Mosque near the Uganda-DRC border before invading Uganda.


Majority of the attackers were killed by UPDF’s Alpine Brigade under the late Gen James Kazini and then 2nd Division Commander, Brig Geoffrey Muheesi.


However, the ADF fighters, whose strength was estimated at around 2,000, had moved as far as Ibanda and Bushenyi.


Less than 500 fighters returned to the DRC jungles where they have been recruiting new militants and engaging in trade.


While DRC President Joseph Kabila recently boasted of having destroyed ADF, informed security sources say, the group “evacuated its main bases in anticipation of an attack by FARDC and Force Intervention Brigade (FIB).”


ADF dispersed its troops to numerous smaller bases and moved women and children to areas west of Beni, and along the Ituri-North Kivu border.


According to United Nations, ADF in 2014 deployed combatants to large towns in Beni Territory, including Beni and Butembo, and has threatened to attack any force that threatens their stay.


ADF has made remarkably two main bases which are Madinat Tawheed Muwaheedina (MTM) (formerly called Nadui), Canada (formerly known as Chutchubo, for ADF Special Forces), and Commander Ibrahim Battle Group (CIBG) (formerly called Makoyoba).


During 2013, ADF established new bases at Kambi ya Jua, Lwanoli, Semuliki, Bundwasana, Kichanga, and Gawa. ADF also maintained older bases at Bundiguya, Buvata, Mutara, Madowadowa, Saa Sita, and Mamundioma


For a long time, ADF have been planning to wage war on Uganda but President Museveni has since warned the militants of grave consequences should they dare cross to Uganda.


Holy month


The Kyegegwa attack coincided with the beginning of the holy month of Ramadhan. It should be noted that Uganda security suspect ADF works closely with Al Shabaab who last week vowed to intensify terrorist attacks in Mogadishu.


Al Shabaab senior commander, Sheik Ali Mohamed Hussein said, “The attacks will increase and explosions will continue, Mogadishu will remain a frontline and even worse than ever.”


By striking on the eve of Ramadhan, the ADF intended to send a signal to Uganda’s army that the battle is about to begin.


In Kyegegwa, Chimp Corp Steven Ainganiza reports that the army remains heavily deployed in the area to respond to any assault by the ADF.


Since late last year, intelligence officials told this website, Uganda has been struggling to contain the inflow of ADF fighters from DRC to Uganda due to cross-border trade and other factors.


“It is very hard to differentiate between ADF fighters and civilians fleeing the turmoil in eastern Congo. When the Congolese army and UN started bombing the rebels’ camps, some went into disarray while others crossed into Uganda and are now hiding with families and friends in western and eastern Uganda,” said a source.


Namaye told Chimpreports that some of the officers probing the Kyegegwa attack include Police, military intelligence and Internal Security Organisation.


Top security chiefs also visited Kyegegwa during the weekend.


Structure


In March 2013, ADF leader, Jamil Mukulu promoted Jaber Ali Nansa (aka Jaberi Alnsa, Katyusha) to be ADF’s new military commander.


Mukulu made the new appointment after a disagreement with the former commander, David “Hood” Lukwago. However, according to UN, Lukwago reportedly remains a senior member of ADF.


Jaber has been to both Afghanistan and Saudi Arabia with fears he could be having links with Al Qaeda or other extremist militants. Benjamin Kisokerano is ADF’s chief intelligence officer.


ADF recruits Muslims from Uganda, DRC, and other east African countries to voluntarily join its ranks with false promises of employment (for adults) and free education (for children), and then force them to join the group.


ADF is responsible for a large proportion of the more than 300 people kidnapped in Beni territory since early 2013 and Eastern Uganda.


Finances


ADF finance their activities through a network of businesses and connections in North Kivu.


During 2013, ADF maintained businesses and suppor tnetworks in the towns of Butembo, Beni, and Oicha.


These networks consist of businesses that give money and goods to ADF, motorcycles and car taxis that produce funding for ADF, small-scale gold mining, and sale of rights for timber harvesting.

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