Tanzanian Prime Minister Kassim Majaliwa on Thursday called for a UN investigation into the deaths of 14 Tanzanian peacekeepers who were killed a week ago in an attack on Ugandan rebels in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo ( DRC). ).

This is the worst attack by a UN mission since the death of 24 Pakistani peacekeepers in the Somali capital Mogadishu in June 1993.

“The Tanzanian government is asking the United Nations to conduct a real, thorough, transparent investigation,” Majaliwa said at a ceremony in Dar es Salaam in honor of the killed soldiers, whose bodies were repatriated on Monday.

“We hope that the United Nations will do this quickly,” added the Prime Minister, in the presence of UN Under – Secretary – General for Peacekeeping Operations Jean – Pierre Lacroix.

The Tanzanian army chief, General Venance Mabeyo, told him that a Tanzanian soldier was still missing as a result of the attack, in addition to the 14 killed, and that the 44 wounded soldiers were being treated in Goma (eastern the DRC ), Kinshasa and Kampala.

The attack on the UN base in Semuliki, in North Kivu province, took place on December 7 at nightfall. The UN attributes this assault to alleged members of the Allied Defense Forces ( ADF ), Ugandan Muslim militiamen.

The ADF is an armed Ugandan Muslim group active in North Kivu, a state in the DRC bordering Uganda. They do not claim their attacks. In the forest, the ADF are fighting the power of Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni, who has been in power for 31 years.

AFP