By Ivan Mwine
The Commander of Land Forces (CLF) Lt. Gen. Muhoozi Kainerugaba, who is also the Presidential Adviser on Special Operations, has revealed that Operation Shuja, which is an offensive that was launched by Ugandan army against the Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) terrorists in DR Congo, is to end in two weeks’ time.
Muhoozi said in tweet on Tuesday that unless he received instructions from the Commander-in- Chief (President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni) or the Chief of Defence Forces (Lt. Gen. Wilson Mbadi) he will order the soldiers in Congo to return to Uganda.
“Operation Shujaa will officially cease in about 2 weeks according to our original agreement. It was supposed to last for 6 months. Unless I get further instructions from our Commander in Chief or CDF, I will withdraw all our troops from DRC in 2 weeks,” Muhoozi said.
Operation Shujaa, which is aimed at flushing ADR terrorists from the forests in Congo, is a joint operation being conducted by the Ugandan army and the Congolese army FARDC.
The Ugandan contingent is commanded by the Commander of the Uganda Peoples Defence Forces (UPDF) Mountain Division Lt. Gen. Kayanja Muhanga, while the Congolese contingent is commanded by Maj. Gen. Camille Bombele.
During the time the UPDF has been conducting the operation several ADF cells have been destroyed and numerous suspected terrorists put out of action, while others have since surrendered.
Since its launch in November 2021, the UPDF has managed to destroy several ADF camps some of which include; Tondoli, Kambi Yayu, Abia, Belu 1 and Belu 2.
Operation Shujaa is being implemented following a Memorandum of Understanding between the Government of Uganda and the DRC to conduct joint operations for the eradication of ADF and other foreign armed groups in the eastern part of DRC.
The operations are taking place in Ituri and Grand North Provinces.
It is anticipated that restoration of security will enable road construction works on the Kasindi – Beni – Butembo and Bunagana – Rutshuru – Goma highways by the two countries.