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Kabila Visits Beni After ADF Massacres

The Vice Chairperson of the Government Assurances Committee Hon. Isaias Ssasaga has appealed to the President and the Executive to fulfill the pledges made to Ugandans.

Hon. Ssasaga said this during a visit to Karamoja and Teso regions by members of the Government Assurances Committee currently conducting a nation-wide tour of the country.

The tour is part of the mandate of the Committee as enshrined in the Constitution and the Parliamentary Rules of Procedure.

Hon. Ssasaga said that the main objective of the tour is establish which pledges were made by the President and captured on the Floor of Parliament so that they can be implemented and fulfilled.

“The government promised a tarmac road, this http://center4research.org/wp-content/plugins/slidedeck2/views/manage.php construct schools, viagra approved http://ccrail.com/wp-admin/includes/class-wp-plugins-list-table.php providing school buses and school trucks, restock Teso and Karamoja regions following the loss of animals during the Kony war, demarcate the Katakwi and Karamoja border to stop conflicts but they haven’t done it. Actually, I feel government has not fulfilled 90% of its pledges here” Hon. Ssasaga said.

Katakwi LC5 Chairman Mr. John Robert Ekongot, testified to the Committee that most of the pledges of the President were not full filled making Katakwi both hard to reach and hard to stay.

“All the roads in Katakwi are in poor conditions and they need to be worked on and upgraded to tarmac. The government assured us that they will tarmac roads and now we cannot connect to Karamoja and Abim districts thus making Katakwi district landlocked in our landlocked country,” Mr. Ekongot said.

He added that lack of accommodation, congestion of patients due to inadequate ward space, and the rising cost of living has led to the high staff turnover in hospitals especially doctors and urged government to check on the staffing of health workers in the district.

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Ekongot further explained that Katakwi region has experienced a rise in maternal and child mortality rates due to the inadequate staff and the poor state of medical centres with no piped water, and also the absence of basic equipment like blood pressure machines which are key instruments for midwives.

The tour which comprised of Government Assurances Committee members was conducted from 23rd to 25th of October. The committee members toured katakwi and couldn’t proceed to other places due to the impassable roads leading through Abim district to Karamoja region.

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DRC president Joseph Kabila has rushed to the volatile North Kivu area where he held meetings with senior security officials in the wake of two massacres that have sent shockwaves across the region, no rx http://crizatii.ro/wp-content/plugins/formidable/formidable.php Chimp Corps report.

At least 50 people were last week slaughtered by suspected Ugandan rebel group, ed ADF operating from Eastern DRC.

Chimpreports understands that Kabila on Wednesday met with commanders of the 3rd Division, pharm Interior Minister Richard Muyej and North Kivu Governor, Julien Paluku.

FARDC Generals commanding operations against rebel groups in Eastern Congo also attended the meetings with Kabila.

During his visit, Kabila urged commanders to “take appropriate measures” against insurgents in the region.

Kabila also met locals of Beni to listen to their concerns on land disputes and insecurity to contain the escalating violence.

He also conveyed his condolences to the families whose members were butchered in cold blood by the rebels.

Kabila’s Beni trip comes just a week after the M23 Movement condemned the government of DRC over its alleged “unacceptable laissez faire attitude” towards North Kivu after the Ugandan rebel group slaughtered scores of civilians especially women and children in the worst massacres since the year began.

The criminal attacks were perpetrated in the Ngadi and Kadou localities near the town of Beni, sparking outrage from the international community.

M23 which used to operate from Kivu said, “Our fellow North Kivu compatriots and those of the “Great North” are looking like orphans at the moment as they are suffering the abject cruelty of the ADF, a group which is murdering them under the incomprehensible and unacceptable silence of the country’s highest authorities.”

The group’s leader, Bertrand Bisiimwa told Chimpreports the killings in Eastern Congo were “predictable and therefore preventable,” but that the war-torn area “has not got a special attention from the Government to put in place a conflict prevention strategy.”

Bisiimwa observed that the area is known to be infested with bandits especially ADF, “an enemy well known for its recurring criminal activities against civilians for decades.”

He alleged the attackers were able to inflict considerable damage on the civilian communities because “they would take several hours killing people without any intervention by DRC forces. The criminal actions took place in an area concentrated with several regiments of the Government’s army and MONUSCO’s units which have been preparing for combat against negative groups,” said Bisiimwa.

Following the defeat of M23 in December 2013, DRC troops and a UN intervention Brigade decided to fight the deadly ADF movement.

On 17 January 2014, FARDC launched ‘Operation Sukola I’ against ADF in Beni territory of North Kivu Province to neutralize the ADF and its leaders, release remaining hostages and completely restore State authority in the affected areas.

FARDC claims dislodging ADF from their bases with heavy gun power.

Highly placed sources say over 500 DRC soldiers have since been killed in the war against ADF.

Pressure is mounting on Congo to fully clean Eastern Congo of militants occupying large swathe of territory and restore full state control.

Bisiimwa denounced what he termed as the “surprising and unjustified passivity of the MONUSCO and its Brigade’s response to the various negative forces whose neutralization is, however, the basis of its mandate granted by the Security Council of the United Nations in its resolution 2098.”

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