Museveni Halts Operation Shujaa In DR Congo Amidst Escalating M23 Rebels Attacks

Museveni Halts Operation Shujaa In DR Congo Amidst Escalating M23 Rebels Attacks

Some Of The UPDF Officers During Operation Shujaa In DR Congo

By Uganda Online Media

Kampala: President Museveni has instructed the Commander of Land Forces of the armed forces Gen. Muhoozi Kainerugaba to halt Operation Shujaa in the Democratic Republic of Congo until further notice.

“President Museveni has instructed me and all UPDF forces to hold all our positions in the DRC! We shall do exactly that! Absolutely no movements of any troops throughout Operation Shujaa until further notice! Furthermore, we await the final declaration by Chairman Uhuru,” Muhoozi revealed.

The joint operation between the Congolese army, FADRC and the Uganda Peoples Defence Forces-UPDF, known as “Operation Shujaa” started late last year and was supposed to last for 6 months.

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In November last year, 1,700 Ugandan troops were sent to the provinces of North Kivu and Ituri in eastern DR Congo to fight against the Allied Democratic Forces (ADF).

Meanwhile, the Chairperson of the East African Community, Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta has ordered the East African Regional Force to be deployed in the Democratic Republic of Congo to curb the ongoing M23 rebel attacks that have escalated in the recent weeks.

According to Uhuru, a regional specialized force is set to be deployed in the Democratic Republic of Congo to defuse tensions caused by several armed groups, especially in the eastern part of the country.

In a statement issued by Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta on June 15 in his capacity as the Chairperson of the East African Community, he announced the activation of the East African Regional Force under the auspices of the EAC to intervene in the ongoing conflict and defuse it.

“In this regard, the meeting of the Regional Commanders of the respective Defence Forces, cooperating in the Nairobi Process, scheduled for Sunday, June 19, in Nairobi, should finalize preparations to undertake the deployment of the Regional Force,” read President Uhuru’s statement.

According to the statement, the regional force shall be deployed to the Ituri, North Kivu and South Kivu provinces immediately to stabilize the zone and enforce peace in support of the DRC security forces and in close coordination with MONUSCO.

“The Regional Force will work with local provincial authorities to support an orderly and permanent disarmament process under the Programme de Disarmament, Demobilisation, Relevement Communautaire et Stabilisation (P-DDRCS) in order to create enabling conditions towards stability and peace in the eastern DRC,” added the statement.

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