Great Lakes Region Defense Ministers Meet Over ADF

Great Lakes Defense ministers and other security experts met in Kampala over ADF.

Ministers of Defense from the member countries of the Great Lakes Region including Uganda, more about Kenya, Tanzania DRC and Angola have met in Kampala to forge ways of neutralizing the Allied Democratic Forces rebel outfit.

Addressing the ministers, Uganda’s Hon. Adolf Mwesigye (Defense Minister) said the rebel group is a menace not only to DRC and Uganda but to the region at large, calling on each country to work tooth and nail to see they wipe out the outfit.

“We should all fully support any efforts geared towards total inhalation of the ADF menace. The government of Uganda pledges to support any of these efforts,” Mwesigye told the conference held at Imperial Royale Hotel on Friday.

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The Executive Secretary of the International Conference on the Great Lakes Region, Ambassador Zachary Muburi-Muita said that being aware of the menace caused by Somali based Al Shabaab terrorist organization; they cannot allow another terrorist group in the name of ADF to continue putting the region at tenterhooks.

“We must deny the ADF ability to engage new recruits by collaborating in order to neutralize their networks including their illegal trading links and sources of finance,” Amb. Muburi-Muita told the meeting on Friday.

He added that the region being endowed with a youthful population, there is need to ensure they are not lured into joining the terrorist and rebel activities.

“We must continue acting jointly to make the region stable and peaceful so as to attract further investment which would in turn engage the unemployed youth and make them less vulnerable for recruitment into these rebel groups.”

The Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) was originally based in western Uganda with bases in the Ituri forests of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) from where they terrorized both countries killing a number of people.

As of November 2015, the number of attacks on Congolese forces continued, with weekly attacks of varying size taking place and killing more than 400 people.

Last month, the rebel outfit using machetes, hacked to death over 50 people in Beni sparking an outrage with civilians taking to the streets in protest.

ADF’s Supreme Commander Jamil Mukulu is in detention at Uganda police special operations headquarters in Nalufenya, Jinja after being arrested last year in Tanzania.


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