REBEL THREAT: Massive Military Buildup At Uganda-Congo Border

ailment geneva; font-size: small;”>Ntoroko RDC Feddy Garyahandere was on Sunday speaking at Ntoroko district youth Consultative meeting held at Karugutu Hall.

She said the youth who constitute the majority number of the population and the unemployed are much vulnerable to being duped into rebel activities.

Therefore, said the RDC, there was need for vigilance against strangers in their communities.

Garyahandere called on the community to always report suspicious elements to the nearest authorities as security matters are everyone’s duty.

She noted the drilling of oil in and around the area could pose security problems if the residents do not scrutinize their visitors.

Garyahandere further pledged to ask government to revamp the local para-military (chakamchaka) trainings to the general public as a security measure.

It should be noted that the registered success against the Allied Democratic Forces in the 1996-2005 war against ADF was greatly attributed to community participation, though left a good number of civilian casualties.

The RDC’s comments come shortly after heavy deployment of UPDF troops along the Uganda- Congo boarder.


This, experts say, confirms residents’ fears ADF could attack western Uganda any time from now.

Despite the enormous deployment of troops, UPDF denies ADF is reorganizing to attack and destabilize Uganda.

The 301 Brigade Spokesperson Lt Ninsiima said despite the fact that DRC had withdrawn its forces from the border, it does not necessary mean that ADF is coming back.

Tasked to explain why hundreds of UPDF soldiers were recently rushed border, Lt Ninsiima said that it was a normal deployment.

He called upon the residents to remain calm saying that UPDF has the capacity to handle any rebel group that tries to destabilize Uganda.

“ADF is history in Uganda and even if it tries to come back we shall handle it,” said Ninsiima.

Army spokesperson Lt. Col. Felix Kulayigye told in a recent interview that ADF remains a threat to peace and security in western Uganda.

He also said Ugandan forces were well equipped to deal with any ADF attack.

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