• No_Ads
National
ADF kill three in DR CongoPublish Date: Sep 26, 2013
ADF kill three in DR Congo
  • mail
  • img
ADF clashes with DR Congo troops have recently led to a surge in refugees in Uganda
newvision

By Raymond Baguma

Suspected rebels of the Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) on Monday killed three people and abducted thirty others in the Watalinga Sector, North Kivu, DR Congo.

The MONUSCO-run Radio Okapi quoted a local community leader identified as Saambili Bamukoka who said that the attacks occurred in the villages of Kombo, N'Dama, Kikura in Watalinga. The attacked villages are located more than 90 kilometers from Beni.

Omar Kavota, the vice president and spokesman of the local civil society in North Kivu condemned the abductions. According to the civil society, the abductees also included eight miners.

Kavota said that the local population had fled from the affected the sector of Watalinga and sought refuge in another village called Lwanoli.

Radio Okapi reported that a joint mission of MONUSCO and UN humanitarian agencies had visited the affected areas to assess the security and food security in the area.

Recently, eastern DR Congo areas have experienced intermittent attacks launched by the ADF rebels who operate bases in east of the country.

In July, over 20,000 Congolese fled to Bundibugyo following clashes in the areas of Kamango in eastern DRC.

Early this month, regional leaders under the International Conference of the Great Lakes Region (ICGLR) asked the recently formed combative
Intervention Brigade under MONUSCO to attack positions of foreign negative forces operating in DRC, including the ADF.

According to Radio Okapi, the head of the community Watalinga called for a rapid deployment of special units of the army and blue helmets in the area to secure the population.

The ministry of defense spokesperson, Lt. Col. Paddy Ankunda, was not available for comment.

However, during a press conference on Tuesday, the Chief of Defence Forces, Gen. Katumba Wamala, said that he had held a meeting recently with the head of MONUSCO over the presence of  ADF rebels in DR Congo.

“He told me that MONUSCO is about to change the way it is doing business. We are hopeful that MONUSCO is going to deal with them (ADF rebels). But we will be willing to partner with the intervention brigade to deal with the ADF problem,” added Gen. Katumba.
 

The statements, comments, or opinions expressed through the use of New Vision Online are those of their respective authors, who are solely responsible for them, and do not necessarily represent the views held by the staff and management of New Vision Online.

New Vision Online reserves the right to moderate, publish or delete a post without warning or consultation with the author.Find out why we moderate comments. For any questions please contact digital@newvision.co.ug

  • mail
  • img
blog comments powered by Disqus
Also In This Section
Sh15b for student loan scheme next fiscal year
Government has earmarked sh15b for student loan scheme in the next year’s budget....
Museveni mourns Kitaka, unveils Olubengo monument
President Museveni on Tuesday unveiled a monument built by Sam Peter Kitaka at Nyenga sub-county headquarters to commemorate the 1996 successful campaigns....
Eagles Production band, promoter case kicks off
Hearing of a case involving members of the defunct Eagles Production band versus their former music promoter; Balaam Barugahara is set to kick off today....
Civil Soceity calls for decisive action against corruption
Civil society organizations have called for decisive action on the theft of public funds if the country is to support its budget....
Kadaga, Omach disagree over sh28b
The Speaker of Parliament Rebecca Kadaga and the State Minister for Finance Fred Omach Tuesday failed to break the deadlock over Parliament’s demand for sh28b to install security equipment in the multi-storey parking lot....
Mungherera wants village health teams regulated
The President of the World Medical Association, Dr Margaret Mungherera has urged Government to regulate the work of Village Health Teams (VHTs). VHTs are volunteers recruited by Government to diagnose and treat basic ailments in communities that are distant from health facilities....
Is the return of Buganda Properties a sign of good Governance?
Yes
No
Can't Say
follow us
subscribe to our news letter