The ICT and National Guidance Minister Frank Tumwebaze has responded to former FDC President Dr. Kizza Besigye’s assertion that UPDF needed to have consulted lawmakers before attacking ADF rebels camps yesterday in eastern DR Congo.
On Twitter Friday evening, Dr Besigye wrote, “Deployment of Uganda troops abroad (by air or on land) requires prior approval of parliament!”
Deployment of Uganda troops abroad (by air or on land) requires prior approval of parliament! Last time our troops illegally went to DRC, Ugandans were handed a penalty of $10bn by Internatioal Court of Justice. Rouge regime! @Parliament_UG @CIJ_ICJ @nbstv https://t.co/vpKviq0HUd
— Kifefe Kizza-Besigye (@kizzabesigye1) December 22, 2017
But, according to Tumwebaze, “There is nothing illegal with the operation.”
He further wonder whether Besigye was interested in giving ADF rebels a chance to grow in strength before the government of Uganda takes action.
“So your interest is to allow the ADF to train, recruit, grow their strength and then start maiming & killing people? … Put off your politicking glasses & think Ugandan… #SecurityofUgandansfirstFr”
So your interest is to allow the ADF to train, recruit, grow their strength and then start maiming & killing people? There is nothing illegal with the operation. Put off your politicking glasses & think Ugandan… #SecurityofUgandansfirst https://t.co/Bz8ObIpTjr
— Frank K Tumwebaze,MP : Psalms 124 : 1-8 (@FrankTumwebazek) December 22, 2017
It should be noted that the attack on the ADF rebel group base, according to UPDF spokesman Brig. Richard Karemire, was a planned move between the governments of Uganda and DR. Congo.
Brig. Karemire said that after confirming that ADF rebels were building alliances with “foreign jihadists” to destabilize the region, Uganda and DR Congo authorities hashed out a plan to “conduct limited Joint operations against this growing terrorist menace in our neighbourhood.”
“Our respective officials at senior command level in the military and the Intelligence, set about the work of thrashing out the details of this operation and shared the same with the highest authorities of both countries,” revealed Brig Karemire.
But Besigye’s argument was premised on the fact that the last time Ugandan troops were deployed in DR Congo, Uganda was fined to pay a sum of USD10bn to DRC.
“Last time our troops illegally went to DRC, Ugandans were handed a penalty of $10bn by Internatioal Court of Justice. Rouge regime!” he added.
In 1999, then DRC president Laurent-Desire Kabila sued Uganda at the International Court of Justice (ICJ) sitting at The Hague, Netherlands, accusing it of plundering resources and committing crimes against humanity in the eastern part of the country.
Uganda had been part of several countries that had supported Kabila’s three-year uprising that saw his forces overthrow president Mobutu Sese Seko’s government in 1997.
However, after a fall-out between Kampala and Kinshasa, Kabila sued Uganda and the ICJ in 2005 granted its request of a $10b fine.