The DRC and Ugandan armies will continue joint operations against ADF terrorists in the DRC, they have confirmed.
General Camille Bombele Lohola, the commander in charge of coordinating the joint operations , said: “We were given the mission to wipe out the ADF, but we haven’t completely wiped out the enemy yet, so we proceed [with the mission].”
The two armies signed the extension of operations on Wednesday until they can continue the mission.
Operation Shujaa, the mission against the Allied Democratic Forces (ADF), was originally scheduled to last six months, which would have resulted in Uganda deploying its troops by June 1st.
In mid-May, Uganda’s Ground Forces Commander, General Muhoozi Kainerugaba, announced that Uganda would withdraw its troops at the end of May unless the operation was extended.
Since Nov ember On February 30, 2022, the Congolese and Ugandan armies joined forces to fight the ADF terrorists who have been hiding in the Democratic Republic of the Congo since the 1990s and have been the cause of several attacks in the Congolese provinces of Ituri and North Kivu as well as in the Ugandan capital Kampala last year.
According to the Congolese government, the first two phases of the joint operation between the two armies have “significantly reduced the terrorists’ ability to cause damage”. Despite these assurances from the authorities, the ADF has continued to carry out deadly attacks in eastern DRC.