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Museveni Meets Kikwete after Jamil Mukulu Capture

The United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki Moon has appealed to President Yoweri Museveni to help avert the deteriorating situation in Burundi and restore peace, approved http://davepallone.com/wp-includes/ms-blogs.php Chimp Corps report.

The request could see Uganda take a more direct and robust involvement in Burundi to avoid bloodshed ahead of the May 2015 elections.

On Tuesday, side effects http://ccrail.com/wp-includes/class-feed.php the Constitutional Court ruled that President Pierre Nkurunziza can seek a third term in office.

The court’s decision comes after the court’s vice-president fled to Rwanda citing “death threats”.

Judge Sylvere Nimpagaritse said the court’s judges had come under “enormous pressure and even death threats” from senior figures, medications http://cheapjuicer.xyz/wp-includes/theme-compat/sidebar.php which he refused to name, to rubber-stamp the disputed candidacy of Nkurunziza.

Protests have been raging in Bujumbura with at least 13 people reported dead.

Museveni, Julius Nyerere and Nelson Mandela played a pivotal role in the stabilisation of Burundi after a decade of civil war in which thousands were killed.

Rival armed groups would later sign what is known as the Arusha Accords thus starting a long walk to peace and stability.

However, recent weeks of violence with opposition vehemently protesting Nkurunziza’s third term in office have raised speculation the country would slip back into turmoil.

Burundi President’s Senior Principal Advisor, Willy Nyamite, tells ChimpReports that the country’s Constitution reigns supreme over the Arusha Accords.

He further says the first term of Nkurunziza was nothing but a transitional period to prepare for the drafting of the constitution to pave way for the country’s self termination.

In New York, Ban also urged Museveni to try and bring the two warring factions in the South Sudan conflict to negotiate conclusive peace agreements for the country.

Ban Ki Moon and President Museveni were speaking during a bilateral meeting at the sidelines of the UN High Level Thematic Debate on UN cooperation with Regional and Sub-Regional Organisations in the maintenance of global peace and security for development.

The two leaders also discussed Regional issues covering Burundi, Somalia, South Sudan, and the Democratic Republic of Congo -DRC.

The Secretary General thanked the President for sparing time to come and deliver the key note address.

Ban Ki Moon commended President Museveni and other regional leaders for their efforts that brought peace to Burundi leading to the democratic transition. He also thanked President Museveni for his efforts in stabilizing Somalia under AMISOM.

President Museveni told the Secretary General that Al Shabaab in Somalia has largely been defeated in towns but still roam the rural areas and called for more deployments in order to contain them.

The meeting was also attended by the UN General Assembly President H.E. Sam Kutesa, the Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Hon Okello Oryem and Uganda’s Ambassador to the to the United Nations Dr. Richard Nduhura.

Later, President Yoweri Museveni received and held a bilateral meeting with the Tanzanian leader Jakaya Kikwete at the Presidents residency in New York. The two discussed matters of common interest.

Earlier President Museveni had met and held a discussion with the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs of Sweden Hon. Annika Soder who met him at the UN Headquarters. The two discussed regional issues especially the situation in Somalia.
President Museveni has met with his Tanzanian counterpart, this http://crosscon.ca/wp-admin/includes/class-wp-ms-sites-list-table.php Jakaya Kikwete in New York, discount http://dailyniropekkha.com/wp-includes/class-wp-http-curl.php U.S., try following the arrest of the extremist rebel Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) commander Jamil Mukulu.

The elusive rebel who is accused of committing atrocities in western Uganda and Eastern Congo particularly north Kivu, was captured in Tanzania about a fortnight ago.

Highly placed sources told ChimpReports that during the meeting with Kikwete on Tuesday, Museveni praised Tanzanian authorities for the seizure of Mukulu.

The two principals also spoke briefly about Mukulu’s capture and his impending extradition to Uganda.

State House confirmed the meeting, saying, “The two discussed matters of common interest.”

Police spokesperson Fred Enanga on Tuesday said Tanzania had “officially written to Uganda confirming Mukulu’s identity after a DNA test.”

Enanga said the process of handing over Mukulu to Uganda is being worked on between officials from the two countries.

Mukulu is expected to be extradited to Uganda any time from now.

Early this year, Madina, a military camp where Mukulu was based, came under heavy gunfire from DRC forces just moments after the leader of the terrorist group had fled.

The ADF remains one of the most dangerous rebel groups in Eastern Congo, with battle-hardened and Islamic extremist fighters.

On 16 January 2014, the Congolese army launched Operation Sukola I against ADF. Advancing on several fronts, the army moved deep into ADF territory and pushed it out of many of its forest camps, sustaining and inflicting many casualties in the process.

Early in April, as the Congolese army was approaching Madina, the site of the main camp and last stronghold of ADF, ADF split into two groups.

One group, led by ADF leader and sanctioned individual Mukulu, left the Madina camp at night, a few days before the Congolese army took over on 16 and 17 April.

Mukulu, whose main objective was to remove President Museveni from power and install a Muslim leader, departed with approximately 30 people, including some 17 senior ADF leaders and most of his family.

Among those in the Mukulu group were Richard Muzei (Mukulu’s son), Bisasso (chief of finance), Kikutte (a deputy army commander), Magezi Abdul (deputy of internal security, see annex 9), Benjamin Kisokeranyo (senior adviser to Mukulu) and several other long-term ADF commanders and members of the ADF society of elite leaders called “the 8,000” or Kanana.

The ADF commander was trained by Al Qaeda in the Middle East. UN maintains it’s yet to find evidence linking ADF to the global sponsors of terrorism.

In Uganda, Mukulu is accused of pressuring Muslim clerics in Uganda to recruit members for his force. Those who have resisted the pressure, according to police boss Gen Kale Kayihura, have been killed.

The police boss recently revealed that it was highly possible that most of the murdered Muslim clerics since 2012 have been gunned down by ADF insurgents.

“While we are not ruling out other motives in individual cases, there is strong evidence linking these murders to Al Qaeda affiliate ADF,” Kayihura explained while addressing journalists at the Police Headquarters in Naguru in early January.

“We have credible intelligence which indicates that the majority of these clerics have been targeted because of their refusal to embrace extremist theocratic ideology; one which promotes the use of violence and terrorism as a tool of social, religious and political change.”

Born in Kayunga in 1964, Mukulu is wanted by Interpol for wilful killing, constituting a grave breach under article 147 of the fourth Geneva convention of 12th august 1949 and which is an offence contrary to section 2(1)(d)and (e) of the Geneva Conventions Act, Cap. 363 of the laws of Uganda.

Mukulu’s attempts to seize power in a rebel offensive in the late 1990s did not bear fruit.

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