Museveni dismisses ADF threat as M23 rebels worry Kutesa

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Museveni appearing on Voice of Toro Wednesday

President Yoweri Museveni has assured people of a stable security situation in the Rwenzori sub-region, saying no one was capable of interrupting the existing peace in the region.

Speaking at Voice of Tooro in Fort Portal municipality Wednesday evening, the President said that those who are propagating against the proposed amendment are the enemies of Uganda.

He said that government was fully aware of the presence of the remnants of the Allied Democratic Forces in the Democratic Republic of Congo but said that security was on full alert to repulse them if they step on the Ugandan soil.

The President thanked the people of Rwenzori for supporting the Movement in last year’s general election and appealed to them to vigilantly participate in the upcoming LC1 election slate for November and ensure that only Movement people occupy those seats.

He also asked the people of the newly created Bunyangabu district to vote for the NRM candidates in the upcoming LC5 and woman Member of Parliament.

M23 still at large

Museveni’s security remarks came after Foreign Affairs Minister, Sam Kutesa, said M23 rebels who once waged an armed struggle against the government of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) before signing a peace agreement, still pose a big challenge to Uganda.

Kutesa who was responding to questions on Tuesday during a lecture on Uganda’s foreign landscape at Hotel Africana, said the M23 rebels have become a problem to Uganda since they are neither refugees nor prisoners in the country.

In January, Kinshasa protested after learning that hundreds of M23 rebels led by Gen Sultan Makenga had escaped from Uganda and returned to their bases in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).

Kampala later reported that it had arrested and imprisoned 101 M23 rebels who were trying to enter DRC.

Kutesa says DRC hasn’t implemented the terms of the 2013 Nairobi peace Accord nearly four years after its signing, adding that there is still time for them to honour their obligations and end the M23 question.

In 2013, M23 rebels signed a ceasefire agreement with the DRC government that facilitated by Uganda in Nairobi. According to the accord, the rebels were supposed to transform their group into a legitimate political party.

The DRC government was supposed to integrate some fighters into the national army and help others return to civilian life but some of the fighters were pushed into Uganda and are currently residing in Bihanga Military Training School.

Additional reporting by Daily Monitor

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