The camp was captured by the Uganda Peoples Defence Forces-UPDF and the Armed Forces of the Democratic Republic of the Congo-FARDC during operations conducted on Friday. And, according to Mugisa, the camp was used by the ADF to launch terror attacks against both Ugandans and DRC nationals.
The Mukakati Forward operating Base lies in the middle of Ituri Forest which is 18km from the Uganda-DRC Border at Busunga. The road had hindered the UPDF ground offensive against Allied Democratic Force-ADF rebels. The road construction work is jointly done by UPDF and FARDC Engineers.
The Commander of the operation Maj. Gen. Kayanja Muhanga says they are keen to give amnesty to rebels who are willing to surrender emphasizing that the overall target of this operation is to reinstall peace in the Eastern part of DRC.
Major Peter Mugisa says that UPDF trucks and other heavy equipment are stuck and can’t cross from Mukakati Village to the ADF camps due to the bad roads. Mugisa added that they will halt the operation for a week as they wait for Graders and other equipment to open the roads and repair Semuliki bridge.
Residents especially those in Bundingoma Sub County where UPDF camped on Tuesday say that due to the sound of heavy artillery some fled their homes and others developed health complications due to fear.
According to legislators the camp, where they are now, is congested with 2,680 persons recorded from 81 households. They argue that the camp is posing a serious health risk to both the internal and external population after 126 persons tested positive for COVID-19.
Last month, more than 650 refugees from the Democratic Republic of Congo-DRC fleeing the war in the eastern part of their country entered Bundibugyo District through Rwamabale Sub County in Ntoroko district.
Asiimwe Banji has denied the reported influx of the refugees, saying that they are aware of people with relatives in DRC who have habitually aided them to enter the district through Rwamabale in Ntoroko District.