Ugandan Rebels 'Overrun' In Eastern Congo: Museveni

Monday, February 10, 2014

Kampala - Uganda President Yoweri Museveni said Monday that the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC)'s army had overrun the main base of Uganda's rebel Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) in eastern DRC.

"DRC army operations overran the headquarters of the ADF in the eastern region," Museveni said on the sidelines of an ongoing National Resistance Movement parliamentary caucus retreat.

"I want to thank President Joseph Kabila and congratulate him upon this successful operation, flushing out the ADF," he added.

Headed by one Jamilu Mukulu, a former Catholic, ADF members are mainly Muslims from central Uganda.

The rebels have been blamed on numerous attacks, including on civilian targets, between 1996 and 2000 before the Uganda People's Defense Force finally managed to destroy their bases in western Uganda near the Congolese border.

The ADF moved into eastern Congo and continued to mount sporadic attacks against Uganda.

In 2005, the Congolese troops, supported by UN peacekeepers, launched " Operation North Night Final " with the stated aim of bringing peace to eastern DRC.

But the resilient rebel group has continued to operate from bases in eastern Congo.

President Museveni had complained earlier about what he described as "a terrorism-conservation project in eastern Congo supervised by the UN."

By Halima Athumani

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