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ADF Rebels Step up Attacks in DRC
The rebel Allied Democratic Forces (ADF), which recently pledged loyalty to terrorist organisation, Islamic State (IS) has intensified attacks on military posts and civilian settlements in Eastern Congo.
Officials said ADF fighters on Thursday night raided Mangboko, near Mbau town in Beni, North Kivu, DRC.
The fighting, which lasted two hours, started at around 8:00pm, according to humanitarian groups.
A 16-year-old boy is said to have been injured in the fighting. The fighters raided shops before stealing cattle for food.
The military responded to attacks at around 9:00pm, forcing the militants to flee the area.
This incident comes just against the backdrop of an attack by ADF on Tuesday in which two Congolese soldiers were killed in Bundunguya town, 7 km South of Kamango in Beni.
Major Mak Hazukay, spokesperson for Sokola 1 operations, says the deceased were shot as the rebels fled the area under pursuit of government forces.
The rebels also looted property from locals in Kamango. Hundreds have since left the area which is known as the operations base of the ADF movement.
In Uganda, the situation on the DRC border is equally worrying. Over 17,000 Congolese have come to Uganda so far this year.
UNCHR says recent hostilities among armed groups in the DRC’s North Kivu province have led to more than 100,000 people fleeing their homes in April.
Of these, an estimated 60,000 people fled as a result of fighting around Kamango near the town of Beni in North Kivu.
Access to these insecure areas is highly challenging, making fact-checking as well as delivery of assistance virtually impossible.
UNHCR is alarmed by this situation and the potential for a significant increase in new arrivals, further complicated by the fact that a number of the newly displaced Congolese are fleeing Ebola-affected areas.
The total number of refugees in the country is now 1.23 million.
Tooro Region Backs President Museveni For 2021
Tooro Sub-region leaders on Thursday unanimously passed a resolution to endorse President Yoweri Museveni as their sole candidate for the NRM chairperson seat and as their 2021 presidential candidate.
The resolution was passed at the end of a four-hour interactive session between the President and the over 1,000 leaders at Kalya Courts Hotel in Fort Portal town.
The President had used the engagement to rally the leaders from Kabarole, Kyenjojo, Kyegegwa, Bunyangabu and Kamwenge districts in the fight against household poverty.
Reading the endorsement, Kamwenge District Chairman Aggrey Natuhamya said they supported the resolutions of the NRM Central Executive Committee and the NRM Parliamentary Caucus to front President Museveni in 2021 and beyond.
Seconded by all the other four district chairpersons present, the resolution said the decision was premised on the fact that President Museveni was time tested, experienced and had the right vision to take the country forward.
The excited crowd, that comprised elected leaders from LC1 to district councils, kept ululating and chorusing as Mr Natuhamya presented the resolutions.
In response, President Museveni said he was happy that the NRM supporters were speaking with one voice, adding that it would build cohesion and strengthen the party.
He thanked the leaders of Tooro sub-region for putting trust in him and endorsing him to take the NRM and the country forward, adding that he was committed to overseeing Uganda’s transformation.