Congolese Army Officer Arrested Over ADF Links

A senior Congolese government soldier is in trouble over his alleged connections with Allied Democratic Forces-ADF and the National Army for the Liberation of Uganda-NALU rebels.

One of the ADF camps in North Kivu Province
One of the ADF camps in North Kivu Province

Lt Col. Bwambale Kokele alias ‘White Eagle’ was picked up on Monday by Congolese government forces led by Colonel Dieudonne Muhima, the sector head of North Kivu province.

According to the UN owned Radio Okapi, Lt Col. Bwambale is currently detained at Ozacaf Military Camp in Beni awaiting further instructions from the top army leadership.

He is accused of among other things traveling to North Kivu without the permission of his superiors and passing off key intelligence information to ADF and NALU, both Ugandan rebel groups based in North Kivu.

His arrest also comes on the backdrop of increased pressure from the UN forces (MONUSCO) on rebel groups in the Eastern Congo to lay down their weapons and surrender.

Paddy Ankunda, the UPDF spokesperson has welcomed Bwambale’s arrest saying he is hopeful that Congolese forces will share with Uganda, all information obtained from him to help in wiping out remnants of the ADF and NALU.

In July this year, UPDF stepped up its intelligence on ADF following an attack by the rebel fighters on Kamongo, about 11Kms away from Busunga border post in Bundibugyo.  More than 1,000 Congolese were displaced as a result of the attack.

General Katumba Wamala, the Chief of Defence Forces also linked the September Westgate Mall attack in Nairobi to Jamil Mukulu, the leader of the Allied Democratic Forces.

He told journalists that Mukulu was trying to assert himself as the regional leader of Al-Qaeda with bases in Eastern Congo.

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