Uganda’s President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni has accused a former leader of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Mr Joseph Kabila, of giving sanctuary to Islamist fighters. He also accuse accused him of allowing them to exploit minerals and timber and use the proceeds to build their strength.
“The Congo government of H.E. Kabila, supported by some regional and international actors, gave them free tenancy in North Kivu and Ituri,” Museveni said, referring to Congolese provinces.
“They were mining gold, selling timber, harvesting people’s cocoa, collecting taxes, extorting money from people, etc. They were modestly growing and with money.” He added
Kabila was Congo’s president from 2001 to 2019.
In 2021, Uganda, with permission from Congo’s incumbent leader Felix Tshisekedi, launched a military operation with the Congolese army to try to defeat the insurgents.
President Museveni said, the operation has successfully broken up most ADF camps and the rebels had split up into small groups that were hard to detect, occasionally slipping into Uganda to carry out attacks on civilians.
On last month attack on a school in the boarder district of Kasese that left 42 killed he said those are survival tactics because they have been weakened.
A U.N. group of experts, however, said last month the ADF was expanding operations in Congo with funding from IS despite the joint operations against them by the combined Ugandan and Congolese militaries.
The Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) fighters who pledged allegiance to Islamic State (IS) in 2019, has been operating in the jungles of the east of neighbouring Congo for years, carrying out killings of both civilians and security personnel.