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Gen Kainerugaba Says ADF 'Completely Removed' from DR Congo Hideouts

"I just received information this morning from Maj. Gen. [Muhanga] Kayanja that ADF has largely fled all the areas we attacked i.e., Semuliki Bridge, Kambi ya Yua, Belu I, II and III, Tondoli, Kainama, Boga and Tshabi."
posted onApril 21, 2022
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The Commander of Land Forces Lt Gen Muhoozi Kainerugaba said Thursday morning that Operation Shujaa had forced the ADF to flee their strongholds in Eastern DRC.

Gen Kainerugaba, who also advises the president on Special Operations, said he had received information from the operation commander that the rebel group that has terrorized Eastern Congo for over two decades had bolted from their camps.

"I just received information this morning from Maj. Gen. [Muhanga] Kayanja that ADF has largely fled all the areas we attacked i.e., Semuliki Bridge, Kambi ya Yua, Belu I, II and III, Tondoli, Kainama, Boga and Tshabi."

"In other words in less than 5 months the joint UPDF-FARDC forces of 'Operation Shujaa' have completely removed ADF from the bases they occupied for more than 22 years."

The Land Forces chief said he had received information that the United Nations Organization Stabilization Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (MONUSCO) wants to offer support and he welcomes it.

"I hear MONUSCO, the UN force, is interested in helping us in the operation. We welcome their help."

The UPDF Chief of Defence Forces (CDF) Gen Wilson Mbandi and his DR Congo counterpart, Munsense Celestin met on April 16 over the “Implementation of the Status of the Forces Agreement (SOFA)” in Bunia, DRC.

The chiefs also reviewed and evaluated the progress of 'Operation Shujaa' that was launched on Nov 30, 2021.

The evaluation meeting came after the SOFA between Uganda and DRC that was signed in regard to the operation by the Ugandan Defence Minister Vincent Ssempijja and his counterpart, Dr Gilbert Kabanda Kurhenga on January 30 in Kampala.

The objective of the SOFA is to govern the conduct of soldiers of both the sending and the host country and their operational activities in the host country.

The evaluation meeting which was held in an atmosphere of friendliness and frankness noted the essence of the urgency in resolving the insecurity prevailing in the province of Ituri.

The meeting observed that since the launch of the operation, the following have been achieved but not limited to;

1. Good behavior and military discipline has been exhibited by the two forces

2. Dismantling and control of all ADF strongholds (Kambi Ya Jua, Mapipa, Belu 1 and 2 and Zunguluka) by the Joint Forces.

3. The return of the Internally Displaced persons(IDPs) to their homes in the liberated areas.

4. The launch of the Haibale- Burasi ferry on river Semuliki and the drilling and establishment of water points in the area of operation.

5. Medical support to the local population.

The meeting stressed that the next phase of operation Shujaa will focus on neutralizing the enemy’s freedom of action and movement, hindering its recruitment and training drive, disconnecting the enemy’s communication and coordination network with other negative forces in the region, cutting off the enemy’s supply routes, securing more liberated areas thereby protecting civilians and enabling IDPs to return to their homes.

The next phase will also include ensuring the safety of road works on Kasindi-Beni-Butembo and Bunagana-Rutshuru-Goma roads among others.

The need to take into account the timelines given to operations in order to avoid prolonging the mission unnecessarily was equally emphasized.

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