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Tension as DRC poured thousands of Troops on Ugandan border

by Odongo Christopher

Neighbouring Democratic Republic of Congo has deployed thousands of troops in Eastern town of Beni and other areas of North Kivu few kilometers to Ugandan border.

According to contingent commander, the deployment was the beginning of a “protracted offensive” against ISIS-linked Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) rebels.

The deployment followed replacement of Major General Marcel Mbangu Mashita with Brigadier General Jacques Nduru. as the commander of the Operation Sokola 1, a group charged with battling ADF rebels for the last four years.

The commander of the third defense zone, General-Major Sikabwe Fall on Thursday said the arrival of new soldiers was aimed at giving the operation more momentum.

“We are here to fight and stabilize this area. More troops are coming here soon to restore security in this area,” said Sikabwe.

The move by President Felix Tshisekedi is a leap forward in returning sanity to North Kivu which remains a hub of terrorism in the region.

The United States Special Envoy for Africa’s Great Lakes Region (GLR) Dr. Peter Pham recently urged Ugandan armed forces to work with its regional partners to counter the threat posed by the terrorist group.

The rebel Allied Democratic Forces (ADF), which recently joined forces with the international terror group, ISIS, has since stepped up attacks in DRC near the Ugandan border.

This has displaced thousands of families to Uganda and sowed fear in communities the operational areas of the militants.

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