Fort Portal, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT | Uganda Peoples Defense Forces and Armed Forces of the Democratic Republic of the Congo-FARDC have held talks in Fort Portal city to review the ongoing military operations in DRC. The meeting follows a joint offensive that was launched by the two countries against ADF rebels in Eastern Congo in November last year.
General Kayanja Muhanga of UPDF and General Bombele Camille of FARDC begun the engagement with a 12km run in Fort Portal city.
In a press briefing held at Fort Fun City in Fort Portal, Major General Kayanja Muhanga said the two generals had come to review the ongoing operations in DRC to ascertain the impact of their engagement since offensive started against the ADF rebels.
General Kayanja said the operation in Congo is going on well and the situation is improving and people have begun returning to their homes. Kayanja however admitted that recently, a few incidents happened in Congo while a small group of armed rebels attacked a place called Bulongo in Eastern DRC and burnt vehicles and killed people.
Kayanja also indicated that in spite the operation going on well, there are a number of challenges which include operating in a wide scope which is also characterized by bad terrain and limited number of forces which the two countries are working on.
Kayanja however rubbished claims that the joint forces would soon withdraw from eastern DRC, saying so far, they have not yet received such instructions and the operation is going on as planned.
General Bombele Camille from FARDC said the joint operation between the two countries has seen activities of the ADF drastically reduce in Congo.
Camille said both President Museveni and Tshekedi are determined to put to an end to insecurity in some parts of the eastern DR. Congo to smoothen trade between the countries.
Camille also asked the population to volunteer intelligence information on the rebel activities to enable the operation become a success.