Generals Urge Museveni: Send Russian War Jets To Bomb ADF In Congo

more about geneva;”>The move followed a series of fruitless engagements between UPDF generals and their Congolese counterparts on destroying the heavily-armed ADF insurgents holed up in trenches in areas of Chuchubo, cure which has replaced Nadui as the terror organization’s headquarters.

Aerial surveillance and human intelligence gathered by UPDF in collaboration with United States, indicates that after several military drills and eyebrow-raising preparations, the ADF, who are armed to the teeth, have started shifting from their training camps in Mwalika, heading to the Ugandan border.

Military sources say Museveni has on several occasions sent high ranking commanders to persuade Congo authorities to allow UPDF enter Congo to flush out the rebels but the results have been heartbreaking.

Museveni, two years ago dispatched then Military Intelligence boss Brig. James Mugira to plead Uganda’s case but the Congo army turned down his request.

Late last year, Museveni sent Police boss Lt. Gen. Kale Kayihura to make good use of his links in the Congo army with the view of securing their cooperation to jointly hunt down the ADF rebels who threaten peace and stability in western region.

Kayihura spent a full week in Kinshasa pleading with Congo generals in vain.

However, after he had left, Congolese forces (FARDC) dispatched an entire battalion in an operation codenamed “Operation Rwenzori” but the consequences were fatal, with the battle-hardened rebels smashing government forces and recovering heavy ammunition from them.

ADF has fought hard to control its old positions owing to the important arms caches that it maintains in each of them.

Prior to the start of a fourth phase of operations scheduled for 30 April 2011, according to army officers, ADF ambushed FARDC at Makayova, killing three army soldiers and injuring 21.

When word of another round of potential operations reached ADF, the rebels attacked FARDC positions east of Erengeti on 1 July at Chuchubo and Makembi, where they killed nine FARDC soldiers.

ADF again attacked FARDC on 29 July at Bilimani and recovered large amounts of ammunition. FARDC only regained control of very few villages on 3 August, after three failed counteroffensives.


After this incident, Museveni in April sent Chief of Defence Forces Gen. Aronda Nyakairima as the last emissary to Congo, requesting a green light to attack known ADF hideouts.

Sources in the army say Uganda had lined her new Russian fighter jets to carry out devastating onslaughts to turn ADF hideouts into rubble in just minutes after takeoff.

“From Entebbe, our war jets need less than thirty minutes to flatten Chuchubo Mountains. That’s all we need. The reserve war squad in the Special Forces would swiftly drop from helicopter gunships using ropes to gather evidence and accomplish the mission by killing fleeing rebels before returning to the base in just a matter of hours,” said a source.

“In fact to destroy ADF in Congo, we need only three hours of military engagement. The rebels’ sympathizers would have to start from scratch,” said a military chief briefed on latest development in Congo.

He added: “Look at the fruits of the Garamba mission. We bombed Kony’s hideout and pursued his fleeing remnants, killing one by one and the group is now in disarray.”

Uganda generals are now raising national security as reason to buy the President’s support.

They argue that by allowing the ADF rebels to move around freely, carry out drills, and receive supplies and Islamic militants to join the group, is very dangerous for national security.

This investigative website understands one of the reasons why Museveni is hesitant to give a green light is a case in which Congo is demanding trillions of shillings from Uganda for plundering her minerals and timber during its occupation of the northeastern region between 1996 and 2001.

International Court of Justice, ICJ, in The Hague found the Ugandan state guilty of killing and torturing civilians, destroying villages and plundering natural resources during its five-year stay.

DRC claimed reparations of ten billion US dollars, but the compensation was worked out through bilateral negotiations between the two heads of state.

While security experts believe ADF cannot overthrow the government of President Museveni, war in western Uganda would destablise oil exploration.

In a recent interview army spokesperson Col. Felix Kulayigye said ADF posed a security threat to western Uganda but would face blistering attacks if they chose to invade the country.


ADF and its messianic commander Jamil Mukulu is responsible for the strategic and ideological direction of the rebel group as well as for overseeing extensive financial support networks.

The operational commander on the ground in the Democratic Republic of the Congo is David Lukwago who is supported by Iintelligence Chief Benjamin Kisonkonye.

The highest-ranking Congolese commander is named Braida.

Mwalika, south of the main road from Beni to Kasindi, remains the location of the principal training centre although some training is now conducted at Nadui.

ADF is estimated to have approximately 1,000 combatants and more recruitment has been ongoing. By June 2011, ADF had recruited more than 200 new combatants in Congo, Uganda, Kenya, Burundi and Tanzania.

Quoting ex-combatants, UPDF sources indicate ADF has significant clandestine support in Uganda that facilitates recruitment.

In June last year, CMI arrested four ADF recruits from eastern Uganda, a fertile recruitment ground among the Muslim population, historically sympathetic to the Ugandan political opposition.

These combatants recounted having been brought by couriers across the border to training camps to join more than 70 other new recruits.

ADF cells in Goma, North Kivu, have also facilitated the travel of new recruits. The Semliki River is a principal conduit for new recruits.

There was a time when three fishermen were abducted along the river in July 2011 and had been forced to work on boats for ADF before being released.


Intelligence indicates sporadic ADF efforts to recruit in Burundi. This information was provided by a Burundian child soldier who had been recruited from Bujumbura by a Ugandan Imam who had recently arrived to send Muslim young people to Congo to join the rebels.

Burundian intelligence officers say on July 9 2011, they arrested three men recruiting for ADF in the city of Rumonge, Bururi Province.

UPDF sources say ADF is also recruiting in Tanzania, as one former combatant who had turned himself claimed to be a Tanzanian citizen. ADF has as well been targeting Somali refugees and some trucks carrying recruits had been spotted late last year in Erengeti.


We are told during initial training at the Mwalika camp that is often conducted by a Ugandan Muslim commander named Amir, ADF fighters are taught courses on the basic handling of weapons and on English, Arabic and Swahili for four months.

Aaerial reconnaissance missions conducted early in 2011 and June 2011, observed that Mwalika had been divided into a number of smaller camps.

While previously ADF forced all of its recruits to convert to Islam, it no longer obliges Christian recruits to study the Qur’an.

Quoting ex-combatants security sources say, however, Christian commanders are rarely promoted. Furthermore, ADF has female combatants, as FARDC officers have witnessed in recent battles.

ADF has had foreign trainers in the past. Congolese intelligence agents near Mutwanga have since reported about foreigners near Nzelube who were accompanying an ADF unit. FARDC had also sighted foreign instructors in the general area of Kamango, only 15 km from the Ugandan border.

This is the place where an air supply of weapons and food was dropped on February 13 thus sending shockwaves across Uganda.


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