“We shall not leave Congo until we have swept them down. They invited us by the mockery attacks, we are here. They will know what we are capable of” – Lt. Gen. Muhoozi Kainerubaga
The first son and the third ranking army commander of land forces in the Uganda People’s Defence Force (UPDF) Lt. Gen. Muhoozi Kainerubaga states what we could foresee. The Ugandan army is aiming to stay within the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). Which we could easily assess and by how it acts.
Everyone with a marble working could see this coming. We know that Lt. Gen. Muhoozi would boost his ego and his pride. That is what he does… he has no issues with violating other territories, but no one is supposed to violate his. There isn’t much or none oversight over the “Operation Shujaa”. The Parliament have been left in the dark and only gotten what has been told in the press. Therefore, the UPDF is ordered on it’s own and not deployed by law.
Lt. Gen. just proves what analysts have predicated. This mission which started on the 30th November 2021 and it will be a long one. They will not leave quickly and they will find ways to stay there. The Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) is a fitting target and they are behind the bombs in Kampala earlier this year. Therefore, the UPDF can say this is self-defence at this point.
Though, they are there on the mercy of FARDC and the DRC government. Lt. Gen. Muhoozi Kainerubaga doesn’t decide this, as his tehre on the merits and acceptance of the government of Kinshasa. This decision isn’t made in Entebbe or in Kampala. Nevertheless, he will boost his ego and sound braggadocios.
The agreement between the DRC and Uganda haven’t been leaked. Neither the stipulations or the articles of which keeps them there for now. Since, these hasn’t been released and doesn’t count on the Ministers or the ones in power to release it either. They rather keep the agreement close to their chest. As the joint operation with FARDC-UPDF continues.
Yes, the terrorists and guerrillas should be hunted for the safety of all civilians. That is without a doubt, but the merits of it and the proposed agreement for it. Should be released to the general public. So, that the UPDF can be deployed on the wordings according to law and not to whatever mood a Lt. Gen has or his father for that matter. Because, that isn’t how you hold the integrity of the territory of the Republic. When people can start to question the reasons and the real incentive for the mission or operation itself.
Lt. Gen. Muhoozi can stay in Beni and the Kivu provinces as long as he wants too, but he has no rights to overstay his welcome anywhere. Except for the places his appointed to by blood and not by his work-ethic. Peace.
The newly minted joint-operation between Uganda People’s Defence Force (UPDF) and FARDC in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Is a beginning of a long time stay of the UPDF in the provinces close to the border of Uganda. Expect the UPDF to have missions and participate in armed combat in Ituri, North and South Kivu. That is just meant to be at this point.
The joint operation is now named “Operation Shujaa” if Shujaa is Swahili it can be interpret to be either hero, brave or a warrior. This enterprise was started on the 30th November 2021. As the Congolese lawmakers knew about it, but the Ugandan ones got a memo or a press release with a sentence from New Vision or Spokesperson speaking on NBS Television.
The UPDF Commander who is the head of the Operation, Maj. Gen. Kayanja Muhanga has said they will use air-force and artillery to conquer the Allied Democratic Force (ADF) on the Congolese territory. We know the UPDF has said they are willing to be there as long as it takes. This means they are not leaving quickly and this will not be brief operation.
“Operation Shujaa” can be the gateway for them to enter and stay. Yes, we don’t know the stipulations or the agreement with the FARDC or the RDC government. Nevertheless, we know their joint mission is to end the ADF. The UPDF have claimed they will do what they did to LRA during the “Operation Lightning Thunder”, which means the ADF would be able to flee into other territories like the LRA did. However, never entering Uganda since then…
To be frank here… I am anticipating more civilians becoming internally displaced. That the UPDF will be busy guarding the road-development projects of the Dott Service company. While having brigades and air-force bombing ADF camps and scouting together with the FARDC for additional hangouts and hot-spots for the guerrilla. However, don’t expect this to be short and brief. This will last long and at some point. The UPDF and FARDC will tell about their losses.
Expect supplementary budgets to cover this enterprise. Expect the President and all of the anointed Ministers to ask for funds to cover it all. They will all dance to the same song. It will be horrific and be no oversight. It wasn’t any from the outset. So, don’t expect it in the future either. The UPDF and the Lt. Gen. Muhoozi Kainerubaga will use “patriotic” means and hope that shield him from any criticism. If not the Ministry of Security or the head of UPDF will speak out. Therefore, this is a Operation that the heads of government is main beneficiaries of.
Without a shadow of a doubt, this whole thing will last. Not on the merit of the strength or the capabilities of ADF. No, the share joy of resources and possibilities to loot again. The UPDF will use this end to their benefit. That is what they do and Congo will continue to bleed. The Tshisekedi government seems out of control and weak. When they let UPDF violate it on it’s turf and expect them to do so. We will not know the amount civilian casualties, as the state will only deliver the amount of ADF soldiers and leaders it has killed. If not what they alleged have taken out of action. Since there is no second source to verify the accounts on the frontline.
So, don’t expect a quick escape or a leeway. The UPDF will linger now. If it isn’t ADF. They will find someone else to bother or be the aggressor towards. If not they will be expensive and well-trained soldiers guarding road construction in the provinces. As the Government of Uganda has promised to build there …
Time will only tell… Peace.
The 1995 Constitution, which is the document and law of which all things are connected. The rule of law comes from the interpretation and how it is used. Therefore, the articles of the Constitution needs to be respected and adhered too. These legal stipulations should be the first that all citizens knows, because it regulates, but also gives each citizen rights.
Nevertheless, we know that in the Republic that there are certain parts that are more important than others. That the Constitution have been amended and changed to fit one person. That is just a mere fact and it is a living document. Which reflects the President and his fellow lawmakers at this point. As the amendments and other changes have indirectly changed it.
However, the 1995 Constitution is still important, as it is sets the standard. In today’s big question, as the Uganda People’s Defence Force (UPDF) aka the National Army is now stationed in Beni in a joint operation with the Congolese National Army (FARDC) to target the camps of Allied Defence Forces (ADF). That has been evident since the 30th November 2021 and they are now going on search missions to find the militia and it’s recruits.
Alas, the Constitutional questions comes in, as the 11th Parliament wasn’t informed and neither was the general public. What is striking about it… is that the Commander-in-Chief and his Army Commanders have ordered this without following the mandate of the UPDF. The UPDF have a mandate to secure the territory, help in natural disasters, foster harmony and engage in productive activities for development in the Republic. However, none of these are directly questioned that and this was paraphrasing article 209 of the Constitution.
Article 210 is about the Parliament right to regulate the UPDF, which it didn’t do in the question of entering Democratic Republic of Congo and be a part of a operation in the Beni area. Alas, the Parliament didn’t do this:
“Parliament shall make laws regulating the Uganda Peoples’ Defence Forces and, in particular, providing for— the deployment of troops outside Uganda” (Constitution 1995).
The 11th Parliament should have regulated the UPDF in deployment of troops outside Uganda. To be stationed in the DRC, South Sudan, Kenya, Tanzania or by law something the Parliament are delegated to do. The Parliament is supposed to regulate the movement and have oversight into the activity of the UPDF. That is what the Article 210(d) says.
It doesn’t say the UPDF is to brief in a press release and a statement. Heck, this is not supposed to be launched in a tweet or a moment of clarity by the spokesperson of the UPDF. No, the inner-workings of the Parliament and it’s duty is to make laws regulating the UPDF, in particular for the deployment of troops outside Uganda.
That is a very vital implication and it cannot be understated. Yes, the UPDF has the mission to secure the integrity and security of the territory. However, it is not alone in enforcing it or having a say. No, the final verdict and mission is given to the Parliament. Which in the recent mission or operation within the DRC wasn’t announced and neither was the Parliament in the loop. That is not following the law and neither acting in adherence with the Constitution. If a entity should follow the codes of law, it should be the army and the authorities, which are usually part of law enforcement who supposed to conduct itself correct. Alas, that isn’t the case…
We are seeing the value of the 1995 Constitution is dwindling and it’s worthless. When not even simple Articles like the 210(d) has any value or concern for the parties involved. The state and the State House clearly doesn’t mind or have forgotten this practice. That is clear by how the NRM and the authorities are acting. Peace.