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M23 Rebels, ADF, Oil Dominate Uganda-DRC Meeting 

President Yoweri Museveni and Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) President Joseph Kabila viewing the lake Edward

On Thursday morning, adiposity http://colegiogimnasioamericano.edu.co/plugins/jsnimageshow/themestrip/views/preview.php DRC President Joseph Kabila appeared at the Mpondwe Post in Kasese along the border with Uganda.

He was welcomed by President Museveni who was accompanied by senior security officials including Security Minister, cialis 40mg http://congresopuebla.gob.mx/components/com_congreso/models/congreso.php Lt Gen Henry Tumukunde and Chief of Defence Forces, no rx Gen Katumba Wamala.

A joint meeting would later take place at Mweya Safari Lodge between delegations from DRC and Uganda.

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The convention came against the backdrop of intense fear among Uganda’s security chiefs of intensified rebel activity in Eastern Congo.

Highly placed officials told ChimpReports on Saturday that towards the 2016 elections, armed groups in Eastern DRC were preparing to assault Uganda.

“While the ADF has been losing ground following the killing of its leaders and capture of Jamil Mukulu, the remnants have been reorganizing and building alliances with local militia to invade Uganda,” said a senior military official.

“They had planned to influence leaders in Rwenzori to announce the formation of Yiira Republic and a war of secession which they would exploit to wreak havoc.  But we moved fast and trained a specialized force for mountain warfare,” the source added.

“Therefore, we want complete sanity in Eastern Congo before we commence oil production around 2019. Museveni has been talking to Kabila that UPDF can be of much help to get rid of militias around the border areas.”

According to a statement from the presidency, Uganda and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) agreed during the Security Summit to cooperate and work jointly, especially in sharing intelligence information, in a bid to decisively eliminate remnants of the Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) and other rebel groups that are active in the neighbouring Democratic Republic of Congo that pose a security threat to the two countries.

Those groups have in the recent days committed atrocities against Congolese nationals including murder, rape and looting people’s property.

Addressing the press at the end of a one-day Summit, President Museveni and his DRC counterpart said that because of the threat posed by those rebel groups to the two countries, especially by the ADF, and the fact that they recruit from both countries whereby Ugandans and Congolese nationals are active in those rebel groups, it was important that the two countries cooperate and share intelligence information in order to eliminate the groups decisively.

President Museveni clarified that although the two countries have not discussed or even considered conducting joint military operations against those rebel groups; Uganda is ready to offer any assistance, if requested by DRC, because the rebels are operating from the DRC territory and not from Ugandan territory.

M23

Regarding Congolese M23 rebels who have continued to live in Uganda, President Museveni said that he had extensively discussed the matter with President Kabila who assured him that the DRC government had met all the concessions the M23 group had demanded for their return and given them all the guarantees.

Mr Museveni, therefore, wondered why the M23 group was reluctant to return to their country.

The President, therefore, immediately tasked the Chief of the Defense Forces, General Katumba Wamala, to get in touch with the M23 leadership on the matter and give an answer to the DRC Government.

The M23 leaders recently said most of its former combatants who returned to DRC were either tortured or killed in detention facilities.

The demobilized movement further said Kabila’s government was yet to address their grievances and were worried of their personal security on return to DRC.

M23 also stated that it had intended to transform itself into a political movement to compete for power but that Kabila had refused to create a conducive atmosphere to realise this objective.

Oil

On the oil exploration in the shared Albertine Region by the two countries, President Museveni said that he had informed his counterpart on the progress Uganda has made in the sector that will see the engage in commercial oil production by 2018.

He said that President Kabila is happy with the developments in the Ugandan oil sector. The Congolese leader said his country looks forward to borrowing experience and expertise from Uganda when the DRC starts her oil exploration process.

Responding to questions from journalists on whether the Democratic Republic of Congo is ready and on schedule to hold national elections, President Kabila said elections in the DRC, are conducted by an independent electoral body.

He also clarified that all elections in the country are preceded by the updating of the voters’ register, which started at the end of July this year.

President Kabila, whose third term bid has since faced stiff resistance in his country, added that once the exercise of updating the voters’ register is over, elections in the DRC will be held like it was in the previous two times.

Regarding the plight of Ugandan business people and transporters who suffer and most times lose their property at the hands of the DRC Army officials and militias, President Kabila said that his government held a big conference of Governors in the Congolese City of Lubumbashi last month, discussed the matter and agreed on modalities to better the security situation in the region.

He pledged that the situation will improve and Ugandans will be guaranteed their safety while carrying out trade activities on the DRC soil.

Several Ugandan and DRC Ministers, government and security officials attended the security Summit.

Later, President Museveni saw off President Kabila at Mpondwe town on the border between the two countries.

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