By Ronald Nahabwe
Kampala: The Uganda People’s Defence Forces (UPDF) under the guidance of United Nations Military Council is to head the unity forces to flush out the rebel groups in Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) that destabilize the stability, peace and development of great lakes region.
This was revealed by Hon. Adolf Mwesigye the Minister of Defense and Veteran Affairs in a meeting with Mr Youssef Mahmoud and his team from the High Level Independent Panel on Peace Operations for the United Nations Organization Stabilization Mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo (MONUSCO), at the headquarters of the Ministry of Defence and Veteran Affairs in Mbuya, Kampala.
MONUSCO was tasked with neutralizing armed groups, reducing the threat posed to State authority and make space for stabilization activities.
The Minister and the UN delegation discussed issues concerning the UN continuity with the provision of support to the DR Congo through the mission and the extent it has succeeded in fulfilling its core mandate in pursuit of peace and stability.
The meeting particularly singled out a need for combined efforts to eliminate rebel groups such as the Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) which regrettably still exist.
Officials further agreed that while reviewing the
mission, it is imperative that at the end of it all, there should be no vacuum
or unfilled space that negative forces can take advantage of.
The meeting further explored some options to consider in that regard.
Hon Mwesige commended the UN for maintaining international peace and security in the region while Mr. Youssef applauded UPDF for its continued sacrifice, commitment towards creating, sustaining peace and stability across Africa.
Youssef commended that the role played by UPDF in stabilizing Somalia is a good gesture to the rest of the world.
Earlier, Youssef had met the Minister of Foreign Affairs Hon Sam Kuteesa and the Chief of Defence Forces Gen David Muhoozi at the Foreign Ministry Headquarters
The meeting at the Defence Headquarters was attended by the Deputy Chief of Defence Forces Lt Gen Wilson Mbadi, and the UPDF Joint Chief of Staff (JCOS) Lt Gen Joseph Musanyuffu, among others