John Tibasiima, a resident at Bugoma landing site in Kyangwali sub-county in Kikuube wants security to be heightened to ensure that they are protected from any possible attacks by the suspected ADF militants who may retaliate.
the Uganda-Democratic Republic of Congo- DRC border in Bundibugyo and Hoima
Districts are living in fear after the Uganda People’s Defense forces- UPDF
soldiers in the DRC to pursue the suspected Allied Democratic Forces-ADF rebels.
The UPDF, in
a joint operation with DRC forces, launched a series of strikes against the
Allied Democratic Forces-ADF militants in neighboring Congo, on Tuesday, an
offensive that Ugandan officials said was intended to drive the militants out
of their bases. It came at a backdrop of a series of terror attacks in
different parts of Uganda, all of which were blamed on the ADF.
Tibasiima, a resident at Bugoma landing site in Kyangwali sub-county in Kikuube wants security to be heightened to ensure that they are protected from any
possible attacks by the suspected ADF militants who may retaliate.
Tibasiima, there is still security laxity along the Uganda-DRC border in the
area and he fears that some of the ADF militants could easily sneak into the
country through the porous border.
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Bikobo, a resident of Kaiso landing site in Hoima district explains that there
is a need for thorough surveillance and patrols both on land and on the lake by
security to prevent any wrong elements from penetrating the country
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Alpha Opio, the Kikuube LCV Vice-Chairperson says as leaders they are worried about a possible invasion by some suspected ADF rebels who could flee DRC after
being pursued by the UPDF and enter the region using the porous borders.
Hakiza, the Albertine Region Police Spokesperson says they are monitoring the
situation both in the DRC and Uganda adding that they have deployed both
uniformed and non-uniformed UPDF, CMI, and the police personnel to man security
along the border.
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however called on the public to be vigilant and report any suspicious persons
and objects to security personnel for immediate action to be taken. However,
though, the UPDF soldiers have launched an attack on the ADF rebels in DRC, no influx of Congolese nationals fleeing the fighting has been
reported in the Albertine.
the Nkondo Parish LCII Chairperson in Kabwoya Sub County Kikuube District where
Sebigoro reception center is located says no Congolese Nationals have crossed
in the area.
Tumusiime, the Kikuube Resident District Commissioner, says the district has
not recorded any threats from the ADF rebels in the district following the
deployment of the UPDF in Eastern DRC to trace for the ADF militants.
At the ever busy Lamia
border point in Bundibugyo District, there is heavy deployment of UPDF soldiers.
It is also business as usual as residents go about with business.
a businessman at Lamia trading center says that on Monday they saw several UPDF trucks
carrying soldiers and heavy weapons entering into DRC. He says that since
Tuesday, they have been living in fear after the attack on ADF bases.
Thembo on Tuesday night and Wednesday morning, they heard heavy gunshots. He adds that they have been forced to close their business at 6:00 pm and return home.
wants the government to beef up security especially along with the porous border
points which are often used as a route for suspected rebels. She says that the
attacks on the ADF could lead to retaliation from some ADF remnants.