By Ivan Mwine
The Commander of Land Forces (CLF) of the Uganda Peoples Defence Forces (UPDF) Lt. Gen. Muhoozi Kainerugaba, has revealed that after decimating the Allied Democratic Forces (ADF), his mission is to pacify the Interahamwe, another rebel group in Democratic Republic of Congo.
Lt. Gen. Muhoozi, who has been overseeing the execution of Operation Shujaa in DR Congo, revealed his next move on Saturday May 28, 2022, when he tweeted thus;
“After finishing with ADF, we shall focus on the Interahamwe in Eastern DRC. Criminals who massacred our brothers and sisters in 1994. The time for chatting is soon coming to an end. I have never fought the detested Interahamwe in my life. I will give them a few weeks to surrender before we attack them.”
He added that; “All interahmwe should surrender and report immediately to the nearest UPDF or RDF unit. We are going to win this latest operation. We have decided to call it ‘Operation Rudahigwa’.”
Meanwhile, the announcing of Operation Rudahigwa comes at a time when the DR Congo authorities have just recovered 17 headless bodies of civilians suspected to have been murdered in Eastern Congo.
Reports indicate that soldiers patrolling eastern Democratic Republic of Congo discovered 17 decapitated bodies, believed to be victims of a notorious rebel group.
The troops came across the corpses on Thursday by the Ituri river, in the Irumu territory of Ituri province, according to Red Cross representative David Beiza.
A Red Cross team later visited the area with soldiers and found the bodies, said Beiza, adding he suspected rebels from the Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) were responsible for the beheadings.
Dieudonne Malangay, a resident of the area where the bodies were discovered, also said there were 17 headless corpses.
“It is difficult to identify the victims because the bodies are decomposing,” he said, adding that they were likely killed by the ADF.
Described by the so-called Islamic State as its local affiliate, the ADF has been accused of killing thousands of civilians in DRC’s troubled east.
Experts suggested the militia was responsible for a May 11 attack in Irumu territory that left at least 20 civilians dead.
It should be noted that over 120 armed groups roam eastern DRC and civilian massacres are common.