The leadership of the Uganda People’s Defence Forces and the DRC army FADRC have jointly expressed their disgruntlement with a group of opposition leaders in Uganda who are discrediting the ongoing operations against the ADF in the jungles of Eastern DRC.
Their complaint comes a day after Bugiri municipality legislator Asuman Basalirwa lashed out at the UPDF for publishing social media footage yet the institution of parliament has never received a report justifying their presence in DRC, a month into the operation code named Shuja.
The UPDF on Monday claimed they had foiled a plot by unknown elements in the Ugandan opposition who had allegedly dispatched off a truck with UPDF military uniforms which would eventually be used by the rebels to terrorise Congolese civilians in a bid to paint a bad picture of the UPDF.
“The vicious mission thus plotted aims not only at sparking and promoting hostility towards the UPDF and FADRC among the local population that they have been mandated to protect but also to create generalized panic and stamped in the same population that welcomed and supported the coalition forces since the launch of operations against the enemies of peace,” the joint statement said.
However, sources within the UPDF say the alleged truck was planted by the commander of land forces Lt. Gen. Muhoozi Kainerugaba with an intent to link the opposition NUP party to the ADF activities as he seeks to strengthen his future political ambitions.