A regional military intelligence centre to neutralise the threat of the Allied Democratic Forces -ADF rebels has opened in Uganda. The centre located in Muyenga, Kasese Municipality was opened on Saturday by Bright Rwamirama, the State Minister for Defence and Veteran Affairs. The centre is opposite the palace of Omusinga Charles Wesley Mumbere.
The centre located in Muyenga, Kasese Municipality was opened on Saturday by Bright Rwamirama, the State Minister for Defence and Veteran Affairs. The centre is opposite the palace of Omusinga Charles Wesley Mumbere.
The eight-roomed centre will host eight military intelligence experts drawn from Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania and the Democratic Republic of Congo-DRC.
Establishment of the centre is part of the activities of the Joint Follow-Up Mechanism, an oversight too set up under the International Conference on the Great Lakes Region (ICGLR) to end conflicts in the region. Last year leaders from the Great Lakes Region met in Angola and resolved to set up the intelligence centre to address the threats caused by ADF in the region.
Countries that form the Joint follow -up mechanism include Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania and DRC.
Muburi Muita, the ICGLR Executive Secretary, says that the centre will be used to monitor the activities of the rebel force in the region. He said after gathering intelligence, they will advice the countries in the region on the next course of action.
Muita says that there was need to open up the centre due to the continued threats posed by ADF in the region. He adds that Uganda, Tanzania, Kenya and DRC will each contribute 1,500 Dollars to manage the activities of the centre.
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Col. Henry Isoke, the Deputy Chief of Military Intelligence says that the Centre will be under the leadership of Lt. Col. Charles Anzigura. He explains that the leadership of the centre will alternate annually and next year it will be under the leadership of the DRC.
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Lt. Gen Wilson Mbadi, the Deputy Chief of Defence Forces says that the launch of the centre is in line with the regional member states' efforts of addressing insurgency in the region, which is depriving people of peace.
Many families especially in Kasese were affected by the ADF insurgency between 1996 and 2002. Most of the outrageous incidents were the abduction of students from St John the Evangelist Minor Seminary at Kiburara, the hacking to death of 36 people who had sought refuge in Kyalhumba Sub-county and the burning of students of Kichwamba Technical College in Kabarole district.
Jamil Mukulu, said to be the ADF's leader, is in custody and facing charges of treason.