President Museveni yesterday condemned the deadly Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) Tuesday attack on a small village in Kamwenge District, western Uganda, denouncing the attackers as pigs [who] will pay for their crimes.”.
Apparently, with 10 people confirmed to have been hacked to death in the bloody raid, the president also announced he has ordered the army to redeploy auxilliary support troops in the Rwenzori sub-region to counter an upsurge in ADF terrorist activity across the area.
In recent months, suspected ADF militants have carried out an increasing number of attacks on civilians in mainly Kasese District, including the horrific June 16 slaughter at Mpondwe-Lhubiriha Secondary School, in which 37 students lost their lives. The army says these attacks are part of a desperate bid by the militants,under pressure from the UPDF in the Congo,to divert attention.
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Mr. Museveni said in a press statement that “On account of these repeated atrocities by these infiltrators from Congo, I have directed the UPDF to reactivate the force of the LDUs (Local Defense Units) in the areas surrounding Queen Elizabeth National Parks, Kibaale Forest, the forests in Kyenjojo and Kagadi, Semuliki National Park, and Bwindi National Park.”
“We are not short of manpower. It only means deploying more resources to support the manpower,” he added.
The President also said he has directed the State House Comptroller (SHC) to send financial support to families that lost their loved ones in the Kamwenge massacre.
In conclusion, President Museveni also gave his latest update on the ongoing Ugandan army counterinsurgency operations against ADF elements in the DR Congo, announcing more aerial bombardments on targets across the border.
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