Ugandan soldiers will soon leave the east

A post on social networks of the son of President Yoweri Museveni, also the head of the army, raised doubts on Tuesday, May 17, 2022 about the future of Operation Shujaa. This joint mission of the Ugandan and Congolese armies was launched on November 30, 2021 to fight the ADF, the deadliest group in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo.

as reported from Kampala, Lucie Mouillaud

Operation Shujaa will officially end in two weeks, “tweeted the commander of the Ugandan army, Lieutenant General Muhoozi Kainerugaba. In a second publication, the son of President Yoweri Museveni specifies that the joint mission in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo will continue for another six months, “if the two heads of state decide to extend it”.

Defense Minister Vincent Ssempijja has confirmed that the bilateral agreement with the Democratic Republic of Congo will end on 31 May. This is the first time that the authorities have mentioned a deadline. Until now, the Ugandan army has assured that it would remain in place for the time required to eliminate the ADF group.

In Kinshasa, for Patrick Muyaya, the spokesman for the Congolese government, it is still “too early” to talk about the end of the joint operation. During a press conference on the situation in Ituri, one of the eastern provinces of the Democratic Republic of the Congo affected by ADF attacks, he said that before the mission was completed, the staffs must first gather and assess its “degree of evolution”.

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