ADF Rebels Still Causing Mayhem – UPDF

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Army spokesperson Brigadier Richard Karemire says that although the groups activities were subdued in the Ugandan territory, it has remained active in Democratic Republic of Congo DRC with an estimated 700- 900 fighters.

The Allied Democratic Forces (ADF), a rebel outfit located in the mountainous Uganda-DRC border area, is still an enormous threat to the Great Lakes region, According to the Uganda People's Defense Forces-UPDF.

Army spokesperson Brigadier Richard Karemire says that although the group's activities were subdued in the Ugandan territory, it has remained active in Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) with an estimated 700- 900 fighters.

This, however, is a reduction from the strength of 1,200 to 1,500 armed fighters who were located in north-east Beni Territory of North Kivu province, close to the border with Uganda in 2013, based on a record by the United Nations Group of Experts on the Democratic Republic of the Congo's ("GoE").

The group led by Jamil Mukulu swept across Uganda and the eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo committing numerous violations of rights against women and children, including killing, maiming, and sexual violence. It was later neutralized through offensive military operations by UPDF, the DRC Armed Forces (FARDC) and the UN Organization Stabilization Mission in the DRC (MONUSCO).

Brig Kalemire says that remnants of the ADF has since regrouped and are now causing mayhem in parts of DRC. He says, however, there is a commitment from DRC forces and MONUSCO to ensure that the negative forces are eliminated.

Karemire adds that UPDF will ensure that the borders are safe and that there is no incursion within the Ugandan territory.
 
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ADF leader Jamil Mukulu who was on the run from Ugandan authorities and the Interpol for close to 20 years was put on the U.N. sanctions list in 2011 for his alleged role in destabilizing the DRC. In 2015, he was extradited to Uganda to face charges of treason and aggravated murder. Mukulu is still being held in Uganda as his trials proceed.

In 2013, a video that leaked showcased the skills and ranks within the ADF structure and roles of its leaders in chanting attacks to the Ugandan Government.

 

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