Ugandan military monitoring rebels threat at boarder with DR Congo

08:25, July 02, 2010      

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The Ugandan military said on Thursday that it is concerned about and monitoring the threat posed by the movement of the country's rebel group Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) currently operating in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DR Congo).

Lt. Col. Felix Kulayigye, Uganda's Peoples Defense Forces spokesperson, told reporters that the ADF, a rebel group opposed to the Ugandan government with its bases in the jungles of eastern DR Congo, on Monday attacked the town of Mutwanga, 50 km from the border with Uganda, killing five people.

"With ADF having built capacity over years and having attacked a Congolese town two days ago, they pose a threat to the region particularly to our people in the mountainous region in western Uganda," said Kulayigye at a media briefing.

"We are not worried but concerned. We are indeed monitoring their movement and whatever they are doing," he said.

The spokesperson said Uganda and Rwanda have tripartite discussions with the DR Congo government to deal with negative forces operating in its territory that pose a threat to its neighbors.

"We have been having discussions of negative forces within DR Congo that affect the neighboring countries. Indeed the concern of the neighbors of DR Congo is for DR Congo to deal with the negative forces in its territory with the support of MONUC (UN Mission in DR Congo)," said Kulayigye.

The ADF was formed in 1996 by puritanical Muslim Ugandans of the Tabliq sect who merged with the remnants of another rebel group, the National Army for the Liberation of Uganda. Its head is al-Qaeda trained Jamil Mukulu.

It began as a minor group in the forested Rwenzori mountain region in western Uganda along the border with DR Congo. It started in 1996 but expanded its activities over the next several years. As of 2004, the ADF had been largely destroyed by the UPDF.

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