The Allied Democratic Forces (ADF), an armed group of Ugandan origin, has been accused of numerous massacres for almost seven years in the Beni region but also in the province of Ituri, both located in the eastern part of the region. the border with Uganda. The Ugandan head of state, Yoweri Museveni, was a guest of our colleagues from France on Wednesday, September 8, and ensured discussions with his Congolese counterpart, Félix Tshisekedi.
Yoweri Museveni, hearing on terrorism in Mozambique, assures us that the source of the problem lies with its neighbor, the Democratic Republic of Congo: “The problem in Mozambique is linked to the problem in the eastern part of the Democratic Republic of Congo. These terrorists in Mozambique have been passing through the Democratic Republic of Congo for the past twenty years. The DRC’s problems must be solved with Mozambique. And we are ready to contribute at any time. ”
Like the Islamists in Ansar al-Sunna in Mozambique, the ADF has promised allegiance to the Islamic State, which even claims some of its attacks in the eastern DRC. In its latest report, the UN expert group said there was no proven support from ISIS. Regardless, for Yoweri Museveni, he says he is ready to intervene militarily in his neighbor. But when our colleague asks him if President Tshisekedi has asked to intervene, he avoids: “We are talking about it. Are we close to such a decision? It is up to the government to announce it, but we are discussing it with it.”
On the DRC side, we acknowledge military cooperation with the Ugandan army and discussions on a joint operational command. But for Kinshasa, officially, there is no question of accepting the presence of Ugandan troops on its land.