Security Council Slaps Sanctions On ADF-NALU

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Mukulu had earlier on been sanctioned by the Security Council and an Interpol arrest warrant issued against him in 2011.

The UN Security Council has slapped sanctions against the rebel Allied Democratic Front-ADF. The ADF is accused of killing and maiming civilians, raping of women and men, use of child soldiers and consistent attacks on the UN peace keeping force in the Eastern Democratic Republic of Congo.  

As part of the sanctions, the UN will freeze all the assets of the rebel outfit and impose travel bans on the rebel leaders.ADF is a Ugandan rebel group based in the Eastern Democratic Republic of Congo led by Jamil Mukulu. Mukulu had earlier on been sanctioned by the Security Council and an Interpol arrest warrant issued against him in 2011.

The sanctions come in the wake of intelligence reports by the Ugandan army linking the ADF to world terror organization Al-Qaeda. Ofwono Opondo, the Government spokesperson has welcomed the move saying it will help the government to crack down on the rebel group. He however notes that the Security Council should publish a list of ADF leaders and their assets in order for government to monitor the sanctions take effect.

ADF first attacked Western Uganda in 1996 before scaling up their attacks in 1998 where they raided and torched Kicwamba technical school. The UPDF pushed the rebel group into the Eastern DRC where it has operated to date. The ADF has morphed to accommodate another fighting group – The National Army for the Liberation Of Uganda (NALU).

On numerous occasions, the Congolese government has declared them defeated however their Leader Jamil Mukulu has never been captured. Jamil Mukulu released a video last year in which he showed training camps of the militia and recruitment processes. The sanctions, which take immediate effect, will largely target timber and gold trade in the region and Jamil Mukulu.

 Jamil is wanted in Uganda to answer to charges of willful killing and treason among others.