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EXCLUSIVE: Uganda Prepares Commandos as ADF Plans Attack

Ugandan armed forces maintaining vigilance along the DRC border (File photo)

The lady Cranes begin their 2015 All Africa Games qualifiers campaign with a clash against minnows Burundi on Tuesday 21st April at 7:30 PM.

This will be the second fixture of the game after the ‘clash of the titans’ opener pitting, help http://center4research.org/wp-includes/author-template.php Kenya against Egypt. The tournament is played in a round robin format where all teams have to face each other.

According to the draws which were conducted on Monday at the same venue, http://cjr.edu.mx/components/com_k2/sef_ext/com_k2.php Uganda will then face Egypt on Wednesday, Ethiopia on Thursday and neighbors Kenya on Saturday in what could be the decider.

Two games have been lined up each day, with first scheduled to start at 5:00 PM local time followed by the second/last at 7::30 PM except for Thursday where the games will be played at 10 AM and 12 Noon respectively due to unavailability of the venue in the evening.

“There will be two games per day and we will charge Ushs.3, 000 as a way of saying thank you to our gallant fans.” The federation treasurer was quoted by official federation media.

Uganda last met Burundi in the sub zonal qualifiers in Nairobi, emerging 3-0 victors.

Only two teams will qualify for the All Africa games qualifiers in Congo-Brazaville this year.

Full fixtures;

Tuesday 21st April

5:00 Pm – Kenya (Ken) vs. Egypt (Egy)

7:30 Pm- Uganda (Uga) vs. Burundi (Bur)

 

Wednesday 22nd April

Egypt (Egy) vs. Uganda (Uga)

Ethiopia (Eth) vs. Kenya (Ken)

 

Thursday 23rd April

Uganda (Uga) vs. Ethiopia (Eth)

Burundi (Bur) vs. Egypt (Egy)

 

Friday 24th April

Burundi (Bur) vs. Kenya (Ken)

Egypt (Egy) vs. Ethiopia (Eth)

 

Saturday 25th April

Ethiopia (Eth) vs. Burundi (Bur)
Uganda’s military has heightened security at the border with elite troops being deployed in strategic areas amid fears of an imminent attack by ADF rebels operating from North Kivu in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Intelligence started filtering in at the beginning of April that ADF’s commanders were returning from their hideouts in the densely forested areas of Ituri occupy their tactical bases in Isale, medications http://cyberneuro.com/templates/fw_mazaya/warp/systems/joomla/layouts/com_newsfeeds/category/default.php Beni.

Army spokesperson Lt Col Paddy Ankunda was not readily available for comment.

However, viagra sale he has previously maintained that “Uganda is capable of defending its territorial integrity.”

Police boss Gen Kale Kayihura recently said the killing of Muslim clerics was part of ADF’s strategy to cultivate ground to further violence in the country.

Highly placed security sources said the Special Forces maintain presence near the Congo border with the view of stopping any possible aggression by the ADF.

“We want them to test our wrath. They have been preparing fighters, recipe mobilising weapons and setting up fresh bases in Mwalika which was last year bombed by FARDC (Congolese forces). They want to cause instability along that belt as well as carry out assassinations inside the country,” said a military source who preferred anonymity so as to speak freely.

He further revealed that specialised military units of commandos and counter insurgency intelligence officers have been instructed to remain on high alert should ADF strike in the coming weeks or months to destabilise Uganda’s election season.

The source further warned: “If they attack, we will fight them and follow them up to where they came from. It’s not going to end there. It is a problem we will deal with once and for all. We are fully prepared for them.”

Ever since the ADF launched its first attack through the Rwenzori region in 1996, the organization’s operations have been shrouded in mystery.

On the day of ADF’s first attack, the Uganda intelligence was totally unaware about the existence and strength of the radical Islamist group which seeks to impose a Muslim President in Uganda.

“On that morning, thousands of civilians started fleeing Kasese and Bundibugyo. They said the ‘adui (enemy)’ forces were in large numbers. After having a short prayer at the Mosque, ADF officially launched its offensive, spreading to as far as Kamwenge, Ibanda, Kabarole and neighbouring towns,” recounted a senior officer who participated in the operations against ADF.

With dozens of UPDF soldiers killed in action, the special Alpine Brigade commanded by then battle-hardened James Kazini and coordinated by General Salim Saleh, was rolled out to confront the rebels.

The ADF attack was thoroughly defeated, sending the survivors back to DRC. They have since been reorganising and battling Congolese forces.

Police recently arrested several suspected ADF fighters in Uganda linked to the assassination of Muslim Clerics.

According to the charge sheet, the accused between February 2014 and January 2015 in areas including Nalukolongo (Kampala) and other parts of Central, Eastern and Northern Uganda rendered support to ADF and Federal Alliance by recruiting and training man power to be used in the commission of terrorism related acts contrary to section 8 of the Anti Terrorism Act 2002.

Kayihura told journalists last year that ADF rebels were targeting Muslim clerics for preaching against insurgency.

“While we are not ruling out other motives in individual cases, there is strong evidence linking these murders to Al Qaeda affiliate ADF,” Kayihura told journalists at Naguru on December 30.

He added, “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.”

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