The Uganda People’s Defence forces (UPDF) and the Armed Forces of the Democratic Republic of The Congo (FARDC) have issued a joint statement partaining the operations against the Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) launched on 30th November 2021.
The operations that have sparked mixed reactions more especially from the opposition politicians in Uganda are being led by the Commander Mountain Division Maj Gen Muhanga Kayanja.
According to opposition voices from Dr Kiiza Besigye and Lord Mayor Erias Lukwago, Uganda did wrong to send the army to Congo without approval from parliament following previous operations that ended in Tears in Kisangani and theft that landed Uganda into the International court of Justice (ICJ) which ordered Uganda to pay Congo $10 billion.
Since the launch of the operations with Airstrikes on the ADF camps, no update had been issued by UPDF on how the Rebels were affected but in a statement issued yesterday 10th, the forces revealed that 31 Congolese hostages who had been held captive by the rebels were released, 34 ADF terrorists were captured and four of their Camps were destroyed.
However, ground operations are still pending as the forces have embarked on road construction and rehabilitation works to facilitate and further secure the movement of soldiers the displaced civilian population, particularly on the MBAU-KAMANGO and NOBILI axes, KAMANGO-SEMULIKI-BENI.
The forces further say that they have also launched a vast awareness campaign and are carrying out civil-military actions which are aimed at gaining the loyalty of the population and reverse the harmful propaganda instilled by the ADF and their allies.
UPDF and FARDC have re-iterated that the operations will be based on a professional conduct with respect to human rights, international humanitarian law and the rules of engagement.