By Uganda Online
Kampala: The Uganda People’s Defence forces (UPDF) and the Armed Forces of the Democratic Republic of The Congo (FARDC) have issued a joint statement regarding the progress of the operations against the Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) launched on 30th November 2021.
The operations led by Commander Mountain Division Maj Gen Muhanga Kayanja have sparked mixed reactions among politicians, especially from the opposition saying UPDF should not have crossed to DRC especially not without the approval of parliament.
According to opposition leader and FDC strong man Dr Kiiza Besigye and Lord Mayor Erias Lukwago, Uganda did wrong to send the army to Congo without approval from parliament following previous operations in Kisangani that landed Uganda into the hands of the International Court of Justice (ICJ) which ordered Uganda to pay Congo $10 billion in compensation.
Since the launch of the operations with Airstrikes smashing ADF camps, UPDF has since issued a statement issued on 10 December 2021 saying 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 two 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 two forces 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.