By Ivan Mwine
The Uganda Peoples Defence Forces (UPDF) have repulsed a vicious attack that was carried out in Zombo District by rebels from the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) , on Friday morning.
According to reliable sources, a gang of rebels from DR Congo operating under their code name CODEC (Cooperation for the Development of Congo) attacked the UPDF Unit in Zombo District but found the ever alert UPDF army on guard and ended up heading to their slaughter.
Following the attack, five of the rebels were killed, while the army managed to recover several weapons from the rebels that include an AK-47 Sub Machine Gun (SMG), machetes, bows and arrows, among others.
The attack was first reported by Ugandan BBC journalist Allan Kasujja, who tweeted thus;
“Uganda Sources tell me that rebels from Congo attacked a UPDF position in Zeu, Zombo district early this morning. They were repulsed. At least 5 were killed and one gun was recovered. It’s suspected that they belong to CODECO a rebel formation made up of Alur and Lendu fighters,” Kasujja tweeted.
Shortly thereafter, Lt. Gen. Muhoozi Kainerugaba, who is the Commander of Land Forces of the UPDF, confirmed the attack by tweeting thus;
“As usual the best journalist in Africa has the story. Yes, our unit in Zeu, Zombo District was attacked by Congolese rebels called CODECO (Cooperation for the Development of Congo). Our boys performed brilliantly and repulsed the attackers.”
However, by press time the UPDF had not yet issued an official statement about this attack from Congolese rebels on Ugandan territory and our efforts to contact army spokesperson Brig. Gen. Flavia Byekwaso for a comment about the matter were still futile.