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Carrying their simple belongings in bags, the soldiers boarded an Antonov-12 plane chartered by the Defence ministry before landing at the 4th Division in Gulu.
Their return marked the beginning of an end to the long and grueling war in Congo that sucked in five other countries.
Following the defeat of dictator Mobutu and installation of Laurent Kabila by a joint force of Ugandan and Rwandan forces, it was hoped that stability would reign in DRC.
However, this would not happen as Kabila chose to dump is East African allies for Angola, Zimbabwe and Mozambique.
It is reported Kabila started supporting rebel movements that threatened stability in Uganda and Rwanda.
Kabila was assassinated from his residence, leading to his son, Joseph Kabila’s rise to power.
Despite Kabila Jr ordering a series of military operations against the Ugandan Islamist rebel outfit in Eastern Congo, President Museveni believes the rebel movement remains a serious threat to Uganda.
Returning to Congo
With Uganda expecting to commence soon the construction of the oil pipeline from Hoima to the Tanga Port in Tanzania, Museveni has since embarked on a massive training of speicalised force to deal with the security threat across Uganda’s western border.
Speaking at Kyanjuki Village in Kasese District at the foot of Mt Rwenzori where he had gone to witness a military exercise by the Specialized Mountain Warfare Force being trained by French instructors, Museveni said, “although the UPDF was doing a good job securing the mountainous areas, it was important in the modern era for the army to have a specialized institute.”
Highly placed defence officials told ChimpReports on Thursday that Museveni is secretly preparing for armed combat should rebels operating in Eastern Congo choose to disrupt commercial activities in the oil-rich Albertine region.
“We are training our men to secure our country. But should the militants across attempt anything stupid, we will return to Congo,” a top military source, who preferred anonymity so as to speak freely, confided in this investigative website.
Reminded that Uganda has a debt estimated in billions of dollars for its soldiers’ excesses in DRC, the source noted; “It’s Uganda’s national security that comes first. The rest can be handled by diplomats.”
Museveni speaks out
Addressing Muslim leaders during Iftar Dinner at State House Entebbe on Wednesday night, Museveni did not rule out returning to DRC.
Reacting to a question from one of the Muslim leaders on the killing of clerics in the country, Museveni said the “murderers are using DRC as their base.”
He added: “That’s where they are hiding. They use DRC to hide and plan their missions which are executed from Uganda here.”
Perhaps to assure the Muslim community that he is not looking on idly amid execution of their clerics by militants, Museveni observed: “We know where they are hiding. Their leader (Jamil Mukulu) is here in jail.”
Museveni further pointed out that during the recent ICGLR Meeting of Heads of State at Luanda, Angola, “We presented our evidence to regional leaders on these people (ADF). We know their allies.”
He concluded by saying, “we will not tolerate this situation.”
During the Angola trip, Museveni met with Kabila Jr with whom he discussed the M23 rebel threat.
A top source said Museveni handed Kabila documents and photographic evidence showing fresh training camps and recruitment activities of the ADF in DRC.
The Islamist rebel movement is blamed for committing atrocities in Uganda and DRC.