MPs panic as UPDF rushes to Congo border in ADF scare

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UPDF killed over 100 Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) rebels in eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo

The fears that gripped members of parliament following social media reports of a supposed armed attack on Uganda are yet to cease.

Butambala MP Muwanga Kivumbi on Thursday said in the media reports, there have been arrests of people thought to be of Rwandan origin, worsening Uganda’s relationship with Rwanda.

“The IGP a few days ago released a report that indicated that crime report in Uganda has increased and is increasing,” Kivumbi noted.

He added: “I am also aware that as we speak now, there is deployment around the Kasese Congo border.”

Last year, the national army bombarded Allied Democratic Force [ADF] rebel strongholds, destroying their camps and killing hundreds of them.

According to Kivumbi, the rebels have since reorganised and amassed near the Ugandan border, ready for renewed attacks.

He demanded to know from the Security Minister, Gen Elly Tumwine, how serious the threat was and how strong the rebels are.

“We would also like to know the strength of ADF rebels, what is their capacity. The security also needs to name the group of people murdering leaders in this county.”

MP Kivumbi went on: “What informs the mindset of the people in security to give members of Parliament sharpshooters and armoured vehicles if the Minister says that Uganda is secure?”

The Leader of Opposition in Parliament, Winnie Kiiza, then asked: “If we really believe that country is safe and secure, why did the UPDF break into the home of the King of Rwenzururu [Wesley Mumbere] without a warrant last week?”

She said the security accused Mumbere of escaping from his Muyenga palace yet he is being guarded 24/7 by armed UPDF guards.

In response, Internal Affairs minister, Gen Jeje Odongo, said the country is generally calm and is in a stable state.

He said UPDF will soon be deployed to guard the efforts made by Somalia but did not talk of the ADF rebel threat.

“I want to address the rumours on social media about a security threat. I wish to take the opportunity to sound a warning to such media-related abuse.”

He said security forces analysed the messages on social media and established that they came from Ugandan Australia based cardiologist doctor Aggrey Kiyingi.

“We will continue working with UCC on monitoring these messages. When you send and receive these security threatening messages, you will be prosecuted under the law. I want to inform Ugandans that the country is safe.”

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