DR Congo: UN envoy calls for strategy to address root causes of conflict (30.03.2022)

Civilian losses and displacement of populations have increased because of bloody reprisals by Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) militants.

GENEVA, Switzerland, March 30, 2022 – Amid deteriorating security in the eastern part of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), the top UN envoy in the country has called for a comprehensive political strategy that includes measures to address the structural causes of the conflicts.

Bintou Keita, who heads the UN Stabilization Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (MONUSCO), was briefing the Security Council on Tuesday, on recent developments there.

She said that only three months into this year, nearly 2,300 civilian deaths had been recorded in the country’s eastern provinces. “This is proof of the inherent limits of only having security operations to resolve conflicts,” she said.

Armed groups

Ms. Keita said the security situation in the country’s east has deteriorated despite the joint military operations against armed groups by the national security forces, known as the Armed Forces of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (FARDC), which was joined by the Ugandan People’s Defence Forces (UPDF).

She said civilian losses and displacement of populations have increased because of bloody reprisals by Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) militants.

In the past three months, there has been an alarming increase in activities by the M23 rebel movement in North Kivu. On Monday, M23 elements carried out horrific attacks, targeting civilians in communities near Rutshuru.

In North Kivu, the situation has worsened because of the use of improvised explosive devices by the ADF. On 11 March, its leadership renewed its allegiance to Da’esh. MONUSCO has also documented a 10 per cent increase in human rights violations and attacks, since last December.

Helicopter crash: Investigation launched

Earlier on Tuesday, the mission reported that a search and rescue operation was underway, after a Puma helicopter lost contact with MONUSCO and crashed in the restive North Kivu region.

Speaking at the regular noon briefing, UN Spokesperson, Stéphane Dujarric, said there had been eight people on board, including six crew members – all from the Pakistani military – and two military personnel – one from Russia, and another from Serbia.

They had been on a reconnaissance mission in the area of Tshanzu, south-east of Rutshuru – the scene of recent clashes between Congolese forces and M23.

“An investigation is underway. We will update you as soon as more information becomes available”, Mr. Dujarric said.

“Our thoughts are obviously with the families and friends of those onboard the helicopter, and all of our colleagues of the UN Mission of the Democratic Republic of the Congo.”

Civilians increasingly vulnerable

Ms. Keita sounded the alarm in the Security Council over the considerable erosion of the protection of sites for displaced persons as well as frequent attacks against medical services and other civilian infrastructure.

In the face of these security changes, MONUSCO has redoubled its efforts to better protect civilians in Ituri, working jointly with FARDC/UPDF, deploying support units for FARDC to increase the deterrent effect against M23 in North Kivu.

The Mission is also pursuing mobile deployments to protect displaced persons in South Kivu, she said.

However, without a combined approach addressing both the causes and the symptoms, the efforts of both the United Nations and Congolese forces will remain insufficient, she emphasized, adding that in Tanganyika province, the Mission is closely monitoring the evolution of the security dynamics ahead of its scheduled withdrawal in June.

Opinion: Project Muhoozi is moving to the next chapter

After 28 years of service in my glorious military, the greatest military in the world, I am happy to announce my retirement. Me and my soldiers have achieved so much! I have only love and respect for all those great men and women that achieve greatness for Uganda everyday” (Muhoozi Kainerubaga, 08.03.2022).

The first son and Lt. Gen. Muhoozi Kainerubaga is on Women’s Day announcing his retirement from the Uganda People’s Defence Force (UPDF). This means the UPDF Commission and institutions has to be notified and told about the retirement. As the military career is suddenly over and his becoming a civilian. Alas, his still the third ranking Lt. Gen. who happens to be the Commander of Land Forces (CLF) and previous leading the Special Forces Command (SFC). Which is making today very unique.

Because, since 2013 there has been smoke and mirrors. There been slowly growing movements of his rising power. Where he has gotten momentum and more prestigious titles. He has gone up in rank and in responsibility. While only holding the Senior Presidential Advisor title at home. Therefore, we knew things was happening and in the cards.

Gen. David Sejusa aka Tinye aka Tinyefuza warned the general public in letters, which was so grading and so confidential. That the Daily Monitor and Red Pepper was ceased for a week after releasing the first one. Heck, the General had to flee into exile and lived in London for a stint too.

What Muhoozi should consider is that his time in the army and becoming a civilian will come with a cost. He will always be questioned by the actions of the SFC and whatnot. The former Lt. Gen. cannot act like he doesn’t have blood on his hands or have used violent means towards civilians, which can be deemed as terror or torture. Therefore, Muhoozi will now carry on to another office.

Muhoozi will get the next chapter into becoming a civilian and another high ranking official in the government. Where he will have the space and opportunity to evolve. So, the ones paying the gigs and praising brigade of Muhoozi will staunch his every move. They will praise him like a demigod. That’s who he is to them and they are creating an image of greatness, even when he hasn’t created anything substantial. Neither, does he have an impeccable record as an army commander. No, his just been a raunchy and loud individual who happens to have rank.

The ones that believe anything good comes out of this. They are fools. There is nothing good coming out of this. It is the eventualities of a succession plan and a monarchy ticket. That’s all there is and the National Resistance Movement will either be what it is or be rebranded to the new kingpin. Because that is what it all is. Just like there was an UPM and it had to become NRA before it was successful. The same will be with Muhoozi and his fellow cronies. They will dance and sing the songs he wants them too. However, they will not give any service or care to the designated office, which he will happen to take. Some other unlucky permanent secretary or fixed bureaucrat has to lift the burden away from the first son. Because, it is not like his enlightened or have the wits to capture it.

Muhoozi will go to “greener” pastures now, but don’t expect it to graze the fields quietly. No, he will come with all the big-guns and gravitas of his unceremonial presence. This man will not make strides or go through tribulations to go anywhere. No, this man will go without any hurdles or re-runs to get there. The way has already been paved and he can just walk on the tarmac as we speak. While someone else made the road and prospects of getting to that point. Peace.

Opinion: Muhoozi’s prominence is no good

The Lt. Gen. Muhoozi Kainerubaga and Commander of Land Forces (CLF) of the Uganda People’s Defence Force (UPDF) has again thrown his opinion to the public domain. As the third ranking official of the army, presidential advisor and the first son of the President. His the epitome of what is both wrong and proving how erratic things are in Entebbe/Kampala these days.

Muhoozi’s tweet is causing a stir and it’s not the first time. It is even published articles in foreign press like BBC and elsewhere. As he takes a stand on foreign affairs. Just like he stand behind Tigray in Ethiopia or now defends Russia in the invasion of Ukraine. That is the sort of fella and brother he is…

Lt. Gen. who is an avenger and a war-lord. That’s why his proud of the warfare in the Democratic Republic of Congo. That’s the sort of man he is. Just like he was trying to have a beauty contest between Ugandan and Rwandan woman after the short talks in Kigali with President Paul Kagame. That’s the sort of man he is…

We surely know the rumours of him chewing woman and not being loyal to his wife. Even as he praises her looks and person on social media. We know about that and he is the male Sheila Gashumba, who has her dirty laundry leaked by her ex recently. Clearly, the same sort of affair is associated with Muhoozi too.

So, maybe he should continue living the life of a socialite in Kampala. Instead of behaving like a mad man on Twitter. As his a prominent guy and his father made him that too. Next up is trying to learn some tricks from “Bad Black” since just defending Muhwezi and calls torture a small thing. Surely, if he gets a painful experience in the future, we can just downplay it. Like he downplays the harm, the damage and the pain, which his government applies to it’s dissidents.

Muhoozi is no good. Muhoozi is everything that is wrong with the current regime in Kampala. He is the image and resembles what is totally despicable about it. Muhoozi doesn’t value the unjust behaviour of the state, neither does he care about the prospects of more human rights violations. Yes, he bashes in it and wants glory for amplifying destruction with his forces. He don’t mind the deaths, the pain or the suffering on others. That’s why he defends and stand behind Moscow in the battle to annex the whole of Ukraine.

If the Republic is supposed to be great or move forward. You will not move forward the likes of Muhoozi. He will only go backwards and use ill willed means to defend his prestige. He wants to manifest and be the grandeur of Kampala. That’s who Muhoozi is and he has lived the elite life. Not like Muhoozi would ever understand the plights of the random civilian on the street. No, he has eaten with the rich and been a spoiled brat in the corridors of power, all of his life. Not like he has any worries of the world. Since, his father has bailed him out and given him a life-line. He wouldn’t be a Lt. Gen. or have run Special Forces Command (SFC) if it wasn’t for his father.

That’s why he doesn’t understand the ramifications or the possibilities of outcry after tweeting like a mad man. Defending the imperial troops of Russia. That’s just who he is and he has no issues about it. He thinks people will stand behind him and be proud of President Putin. That’s because Putin is a dictator like his father.

He just proves what wrong with both him and his father. His tweets are just undressing the bashing glory of oppression in the Republic.

Muhoozi is just a symbol of everything that is wrong in Kampala. That is the reality here and he cannot run away from it. Peace.

Opinion: Yoweri, you should have named your son Emirembe [instead of Muhoozi]

I’ve been quarreling about this issue of bail. It’s a provocation. In my culture, when you wrong me, my clan has a duty to avenge. That’s why when my son was born, I named him Muhoozi which means vengeance, such that when someone wrongs me he avenges” (…) “Among the Banyankole, if you insult me we fight. But according to other cultures, provoking and insulting is free speech. Free speech by insulting me and my mother?” Yoweri Tibuhurwa Kaguta Museveni (04.02.2022).

Clearly there is a reason why Lt. Gen. Muhoozi Kainerubaga got his name. Not that his named “Uhuru” which means freedom or amani (Swahili)/emirembe (Luganda) which means peace. No, he is named Muhoozi, which means the “avenger of the innocence”.

Just to put things in perspective, an avenger means: “a person who exacts punishment or inflicts harm in return for an injury or wrong” (Oxford Languages). To be more blunt, a man who plans and intends to revenge someone. That is what is at stake and meaning of it all.

I know Mirembe is a name for a baby-girl or a woman, but the meaning is still profound, as it says something of the intension of the parents. Instead of wanting more warfare and someone to be the vigilante for you, which is why the father named him Muhoozi.

As an intent of revenge or to avenge a cause, Museveni named his first son just that. Like the good “Christian” man he is and brutal rebel he is known to be. We know there is one rule for the His Excellency and another for the general public. That is well-known and been stated over the three decades his been in power.

Therefore, saying this in 2022, as the father is ageing is making it very clear. He doesn’t intend to go out in peace or harmony. No, this old man doesn’t plan to create a space of liberty and freedom. No, he will avenge and use his son to do his bidding. It all makes sense, why the man who took power by the guns. Is issuing his son to carry the same. That’s why Muhoozi is carrying the weight, using the guns and ushering in suffering on the dissidents of the state. It all makes sense and it’s a brutal one at that.

We know now why he was trained as a warrior, sent to military school and became a military commander. It was all to serve a cause for the old man with the hat. That is the lesson here and his just a weapon of destruction to the ones that is in the way of Museveni. Muhoozi is there to stifle, destroy and silence the ones who does the father any wrong. It is that simple and his purpose is really described for all of us. Not only in the name, but in the actions as well.

This is why Special Forces Command (SFC) has acted like it does. That’s why the army is under his wings and his a high ranking official. It’s all to do what the father needs and retort with blunt force. Initially, the role of the avenger of the ancient rebel. Peace.

DRC: Joint Press Release from UPDF & FARDC – Sinister plans to discredit Operation Shujja (10.01.2022)

DRC: Joint Press Release from UPDF & FARDC on the Operation Shujaa (20.12.2021)

DRC: Joint Press release from FARDC and UPDF on the Operation Shujaa (11.12.2021)

Opinion: Lt. Gen. Muhoozi Kainerubaga states what we all foresaw [in concern to Operation Shujaa]

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.

Opinion: Operation Shujaa is the gateway for the UPDF to stay within the DRC

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.

Uganda: Why aren’t article 210(d) respected in concern to the UPDF?

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.

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