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Opposition MPs on Government Over UPDF Deployment in DR Congo

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Opposition legislators in Parliament have tasked government to give detailed information about Uganda People’s Defence Forces (UPDF) deployment in DR Congo without its approval.

According to the army leadership UPDF troops had attacked the bases of the rebel group Allied Democratic Forces in the DR Congo.
Early this week, UPDF spokesperson Brig Flavia Byekwaso also tweeted following UPDF joint air and artillery strikes against ADF camps in DRC according to her.

The UPDF spokesperson said the air strikes were done together with their counterparts from DRC though no more details were given about the matter.

This forced the opposition legislators to warn the deployed forces against repeating the same mistakes of looting natural resources of Congo like it happened in the late 1990s as it may taint the image of Uganda.

Led by Mityana Municipality legislator Francis Zaake, the opposition MPs also tasked government to explain the deployment of UPDF in Congo without the approval of Parliament as required by law.

Majority supported Zaake’s request and these included Francis Mwijukye of Buhweju, Dr. Timoth Batuwa of Jinja City South West and Gilbert Oulanya of Kilak South who said government had not followed the right procedure before deploying Uganda’s forces outside the country.

However, the Deputy Speaker, Anita Among tasked the MPs to first table evidence on UPDF’s deployment in DR Congo.

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