UPDF illegally Camps In DR Congo
An investigation gas revealed that Uganda Peoples Defence Forces (UPDF) are illegally stationed in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
The concern was revealed by Hon. Godfrey Katusabe of Bukonjo West while in a plenary session a few days ago.
“What are they (UPDF) doing in the Congo without parliamentary approval? Such incidences are the causes of major disagreements between countries,” Hon. Katusabe said, adding that “It is the communities across the borders that are affected. Government should conduct investigations.”
Hon. Katusabe also revealed that media houses in eastern DRC were reporting of the presence of about 5,000 Ugandan troops at an airport in Beni.
Prime minister, Dr. Ruhakana Rugunda said that the government will look further into this investigation.
The Constitution gives power to Parliament to make laws regulating the Uganda Peoples’ Defence Forces and, in particular, providing for among others, the deployment of troops outside Uganda.
In 1998, Ugandan troops crossed into the Congo to protect the border areas from rebels of the Allied Democratic Forces (ADF).
The move was later given parliamentary approval.
The UPDF personnel were however accused of plundering natural resources including minerals and timber from the country, before being withdrawn.