Uganda’s Chief of Defence Forces General Edward Katumaba Wamala has warned that the Allied Defence Forces (ADF) rebels may be down but not out despite losing ammunition and fighters.
Addressing journalists in Kampala today, Gen Wamala says the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) government forces—FARDC—overrun the areas of camp Kabila, Medina the ADF headquarters.
He says there is need to get to the leadership of the ADF and only then will they be satisfied that the ADF is a done deal.
General Wamala adds that the ADF lost a number of combatants and the DRC Forces also unearthed a catchment of arms including 126 Rocket Propelled Guns (RPG), 53 AK-47 rifles and 63 mortars buried in the ground near camp Medina.
He also reveals that roads like Kamango-Beni to Bundibugyo in Uganda have been opened for use by vehicles and pedestrians.
General Katumba says even though the UPDF did not participate in the battles against the ADF, they did share intelligence on the rebel group including logistical support from the UN.
However, he says the door is still open if the ADF wants to talk to government considering they still hold many young children they recruited in the disguise of giving them scholarships.
On the number ADF fighters, General Katumba says they estimate them to be between 650-1000 currently based in the DRC.
The ADF led by Jamilu Mukulu together with remnants of the National Army for the Liberation of Uganda (NALU), started their brutal fighting against the Uganda government in 1996 before they were pushed out of Uganda in 20002.
In July 2013, the ADF renewed their fighting in the Congolese town of Beni and also briefly took over the towns of Mamundioma and Totolito.
In the same month they also attacked the town of Kamango triggering the flight of over 60,000 Congolese refugees into Uganda through the Bundibugyo border.