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The alliance between radical Islamist militant group al-Shabab and the rebel Allied Democratic Forces (ADF), poses a major threat to the country’s security, the army has said.

Army Spokesman Lt Col Paddy Ankunda told a news conference at the army headquarters in Mbuya on Friday that the ADF threat was “real” and reports of al-Shabab fighters joining the DR Congo-based rebels makes the issue more complicated.

He said if the situation gets worse, there is a likelihood that Uganda, with the permission of DR Congo authorities, will move in to pursue the rebels.

“The ADF is real and it is linked to al-Shabab,” Ankunda said.

Explaining the dangers of this alliance, Ankunda told The Observer that “the link to Al-Shabaab could give ADF new skills and explosives might sneak into the country. They have been opening up new camps in Bundibugyo and they are training; this might cause insecurity,” he said.

Last Thursday, ADF launched fresh attacks in DR Congo, close to the town of Bundibugyo in Uganda, leading to an influx of refugees across the border.

Reports indicate that about 3,000 to 4,000 refugees have so far crossed into Uganda. Ankunda says the UPDF are screening these refugees in order to weed out possible ADF or al-Shabab fighters.

“We are sharing intelligence with DRC. We are monitoring the situation and I would like to assure Ugandans that other parts of Uganda are safe. We are working hard to ensure that occurrences that might destabilise the country are dealt with accordingly,” he said.

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+4 #1 Moses Okello 2013-07-14 22:54
Army Spokesman Lt Col Paddy Ankunda is propagating the propaganda to earn some kind of sympathy. Mr Ankunda, we have moved some miles away from Stone Age era and we know the truth is first casualty of any war.

Everybody knows this is propaganda by UPDF to gain some support from both the local population and international community. Even ADF theory might be borne from UPDF circles to initiate a plan to get mandate into another round into DR Congo.

This plan has many questions. At first, it was the People’s Redemption Army [PRA], which never existed but borne from Museveni’s propaganda. ADF was first associated with Al-Shabab fighters just after the Lugogo Rugby Club and Ethiopian Restaurant bombing in July 2010.

In June 14 2008; in Kapoeta, Nyongwa and other parts of Southern Sudan UPDF committed atrocities against the local population and in its mouth piece New Vision published that it was LRA. Desperate Museveni will stop at nothing to tell lies in to get sympathy and support.
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-5 #2 Bonny 2013-07-15 14:12
Moses okello please be realistic, ADF is not a hoax, evidence is there that its in Congo and training ,if you deny there existence then you are their sympathizer,,ha ve you forgotten what happened in Kichamba ,didn't you see Jamil Mukulus son who was captured in Kenya and his testimony,

you mean you didn't watch how people were running from Congo boarder in to Uganda,it was broadcasted live on all international TVs like CNN, BBC and ALjazella and all reports confirm that it was ADF,if Paddy Ankunda is lying then the whole world is lying.
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-2 #3 doctordre 2013-07-15 16:41
Bonny, problem with Uganda is that we are polarized, and the Government has not helped. If Government does or says anything genuine, we have visceral cynics like Moses Okello ready to dismiss these issues.

There is one journalist cum politician who said he supports Al-Shabaab because of his dislike for M7; Opposition did not condemn him. ADF is real; just like LRA. I wish Government did not have a fire fighting approach to many issues in the country. I also wish the government took good advice from opposition
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+2 #4 Moses Okello 2013-07-15 23:54
Bonny and doctordre my contention is the ADF and Al-Shabab alliance. This alliance theory between ADF and Al-Shabab was borne out of Andrew Mwenda's mouth 8 days after K'la incident. Al-Shabab and ADF have no connection.

By associating ADF to Al-Shabab is what M7 wanted the public to believe. You may be surprised to learn that the Lugogo and Ethiopia Club incidents were a hand work of M7's agents. Why doctor 4tos of suspected attackers? Why would one doctor the 4tos to convince the public?

We now know, all foreign agents who participated in the investigations established a different scenario from the official line by Museveni's government. Don't be easy to be fooled. It was intended to create a State of Emergency ahead of the February 18, 2011 elections.

But things went bad and foreigners were caught in that is why foreign agencies got involved in the investigations. Apart from a couple of coerced confessions, all suspects still stuck in jail with no crime to level against them.
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+3 #5 Moses Okello 2013-07-16 00:25
Yes, I watched everything on all cable networks. We get information from embedded; independent and activism journalism. I know Congo issue than you can imagine. Uganda, previously supported Congolese warlords including: Jean-Pierre Bemba, Adele Lotsove, Thomas Lubanga; Roger Lumbala, Bosco Ntaganda and Mbusa Nyamwisi and Laurent Nkunda.

Meaning Uganda instigated violence in the DR Congo, western hypocrisy, ICC does not indict M7!. Most of the above mentioned like; Pierre Bemba, T. Lubanga and B. Ntaganda have been indicted by ICC.

The December 19, 2005, International Court of Justice (ICJ) ruling in the DR Congo Vs Uganda civil suit contains evidences that would warrant an indictment for M7 and his generals like; Gen. Edward Kalekezi Kayihura, Gen. Salim Saleh, Gen. Kahinda Otafire, Lt Gen Charles Angina who participated in Congo plunder; rape; killings and torturing of the Congolese. Learn one thing government official line normally propaganda. Truth is the first casualty of war.
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+3 #6 Lakwena 2013-07-16 11:01
Warmongers and merchants of death! Why should anybody with a brain in his/her skull trust this government?

Now that the mercenary chapter in Somalia ends in September 2013, a new chapter of humanitarian crisis is being created in DR Congo, under the disguise of an invading ADF alliance with Al-Shabab.

The 1981 M7's justification for going to the bush; invading Rwanda in 1990 and triggering a genocide; invading Zaire (DR Congo) and deposing Mubutu in 1998; framing Dr. Kiiza Besigye with treason and rape, etc., etc., all point at exploiting perpetual conflict as means to the justification for an infinite occupancy of state power.

I want just one reason why this government must be trusted as far as rebel activities are concerned. Even the 20-year LRA and Joseph Kony mayhem was the creature of the NRA/M cannibalism.
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-1 #7 Bonny 2013-07-16 12:13
Okello there is no force-army which has been in another country whether "legally" or "illegally" and came out clean, human rights abuses, collateral damages, dying of innocent civilians name them have been a characteristic of all wars, remember the atrocities committed by US army in Iraq, Afghanistan, UN reports confirmed those abuses but no action was taken, the same case with UPDF in Congo, the difference is about interests, US army may not be involved in direct looting of countries natural resources but we know how resources are plundered indirectly like Iraq oil, the minerals in Congo by western powers under the disguise of peace keeping,if UPDF went to Congo to fight ADF and committed crimes the same thing US army did/doing in many countries looking for terrorists and so did other international forces, though that should be condemned, its should be addressed globally not to single out the blame entirely on UPDF.
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0 #8 Webesixty 2013-07-16 20:29
Quoting Bonny:
Moses okello please be realistic, ADF is not a hoax, if Paddy Ankunda is lying then the whole world is lying.


The world and M7 have been telling lies far too long! Anaconda has to put food on the table, thus some hard work has to be done to earn the cross.

Problem is, some dubious entities have been promised endless supply of dollars from sale of oil. Tens of thousands responded, problem now the guarantuor is hanging up the gloves to the scam end of 2015. How to move expectant hungry loafers from oilfields to be to relative new heaven in Congo Forest unnoticed could be tricky.

But the crafty head of scam has a plan. M23 1/2 will shove some Iturians Westwards to act as a cover to collect the oilfield occupiers to be taken to their new home in the forest.

A census before and after ADF jamboree will confirm this Anaconda strategy. You need to fill us up on this ADF thing of yours.
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0 #9 Webesixty 2013-07-16 21:23
Quoting Bonny:
Okello there is no force-army which has been in another country whether "legally" or "illegally" and came out clean, human rights abuses, collateral damages, dying of innocent civilians name them have been a characteristic of all wars, remember the UN reports confirmed those abuses but no action was taken.

UPDF in Congo is about interests, if UPDF went to Congo to fight ADF and committed crimes the same thing US army did/doing in should be addressed globally not to single out the blame entirely on UPDF.


Foremost, the US does not subscribe to the ICC in any of it's energy contracts.

The US can intervene in any situation where outfits like the UPDF misuse aids from the US to plunder, maim, and commit aggrsive acts to weak states like Congo. UN Charter on human rights cover that. As for Rwanda, expulsion from EAC would go a long way in restoration of sanity in Kivu.
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0 #10 Betty Long Cap 2013-07-17 00:27
Quoting Moses Okello:
Meaning Uganda instigated violence in the DR Congo....


Thanks for the confirmation, Moses Okello. I suspected as much. The love of money is the root of all evil....
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