KAMPALA Uganda (Xinhua) --
The Uganda military on Wednesday said talks
between Uganda and Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) over joint
military operations against the Allied Democratic Forces (ADF)
scheduled for this weekend have been postponed to allow for more
Karemire, Uganda’s military spokesperson, told Xinhua in a
telephone interview that the planned Saturday bilateral meeting
between authorities in Kampala and Kinshasa on conducting joint
operations against the ADF who recently killed UN peacekeepers
and DRC soldiers have been postponed.
“The meeting is
still being planned. It has been rescheduled to another date to
be announced soon,” said Karemire.
ADF is a Ugandan
rebel group hiding in eastern DRC where it is causing mayhem.
Uganda deploys additional
troops along border with DR Congo
KAMPALA Uganda (Xinhua) --
The Ugandan military has deployed additional
troops along its common border with the Democratic Republic of
the Congo (DRC) to prepare for possible infiltration and attacks
from the rebel group Allied Democratic Forces (ADF), a
spokesperson said here Tuesday.
Uganda’s military spokesperson, told Xinhua in an interview that
the army has made reinforcement of soldiers and Local Defense
Units (LDU) as a precautionary measure to prevent infiltration
and attacks by the ADF.
“Our security at the
border is beefed up with sufficient presence of troops supported
by the LDU’s that were recruited from the (border) districts of
Bundibugyo, Kasese and Ntoroko,” said Karemire.
And the vigilance of
the public is in place to stem any surprise attacks or
infiltration, he added.
The ADF, a Ugandan
rebel group operating in restive eastern DRC, last week killed
seven Malawian, one Tanzanian UN peacekeepers and at least 12
The soldiers were
killed on Wednesday during joint operations of the UN
peacekeeping mission and the DRC troops against the ADF
insurgents in Beni of North Kivu province.
Bodies of six
slain UN Malawi peacekeepers arrive home
LILONGWE (Xinhua) --
Bodies of the six UN Malawi soldiers who were
killed during peacekeeping operations in the Democratic Republic
of Congo (DRC) on November 14 arrived home on Wednesday.
The plane carrying
the fallen soldiers’ bodies touched down at Kamuzu International
Airport in Malawi capital at exactly 11:58 local time.
Each of the six
caskets was draped in the UN flag and they were welcomed by
President Peter Mutharika, UN Resident Coordinator in Malawi
Maria Jose Torres, government officials and family members.
In her remarks, the
UN Resident Coordinator described the death of the six UN Malawi
soldiers as “unprecedented tragedy” for Malawi, a country that
has over 900 men and women troops among more than 17,000 troops
currently serving in peacekeeping operations in the UN.
“The UN Security
Council has expressed that the attack is war crime and they have
asked the armed forces to lay down arms and cease all forms of
violence,” said Torres, adding: “The UN Secretary General has
encouraged the Congolese authorities to take necessary measures
to bring to justice the perpetrators of this act to book.”
She paid “heartfelt
condolence” to the bereft families of the six soldiers and also
wished well all the peacekeeping soldiers who had sustained
injuries during the November 14 combat with the rebels in the
In his remarks,
President Mutharika described Wednesday, November 21 as “very
sad and painful day” for all Malawians.
He described the
soldiers as “heroes of Africa” who had fought to their last
breath in search for peace.
He thanked the UN
family and all regional leaders on the continent for mourning
together with Malawi through the many condolence messages and
flowers they had sent to the Malawi leader.
MONUSCO to take “proactive
action” after peacekeeper deaths in DRC: UN
UNITED NATIONS New York (Xinhua) --
The UN peacekeeping chief said Friday that
the UN mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC)
will take “proactive action” to contain armed groups after the
deaths of at least seven peacekeepers in the country.
“We have determined
more have to be done after careful preparation and coordination
with the AFRDC (Armed Forces of the Democratic Republic of the
Congo),” UN Under-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations
Jean-Pierre Lacroix told the press in response to the loss of
the peacekeepers’ lives.
peacekeeping mission in the DRC—will take proactive action to
weaken the ability of the armed groups, particularly Allied
Democratic Forces (ADF), to harm population as well as to
disturb Ebola related efforts, he added.
The UN under chief
confirmed the deaths of six Malawian and one Tanzanian
peacekeepers and 15 AFRDC members, as well as the injuring of
another 12 peacekeepers and 45 AFRDC members. They were killed
Wednesday in Beni territory of North Kivu during joint
operations against the ADF, which is active in both the DRC and
Lacroix said the
armed groups have been committing brutal crimes against the
population for many years in North Kivu, recalling MONUSCO’s
loss of 17 Tanzanian peacekeepers as a result of an ADF attack
Moreover, in the
recent couple of months, North Kivu has seen increased armed
group activities, which he said constitutes an obstacle to fight
the Ebola epidemic plaguing the area.
Leila Zerrougui, the
secretary-general’s special representative for the DRC, told the
press that local authorities have informed MONUSCO that the
armed groups are preparing a mass attack on different places in
Though MONUSCO has
its strongest concentration in North Kivu, Lacroix warned some
of the armed groups, particularly the ADF, “has a level of
strength, equipment and sophistication, which requires adequate
response from our side.”
On Thursday, both UN
Secretary-General Antonio Guterres and the Security Council
condemned the killing of UN peacekeepers in the DRC.
The UN chief called
on all armed groups to stop their destabilizing activities, and
encourages the DRC authorities to continue taking the necessary
measures to apprehend and bring to justice the perpetrators of
attacks against civilians, national security forces and
peacekeepers, his spokesperson said.
The members of the
Security Council, for their part, underlined deliberate attacks
targeting peacekeepers may constitute war crimes under
international law, and also called for swift investigation into
The east of the DRC
has been plagued by insurgency for over 20 years. The past year
has seen a surge in violence around North Kivu.
Ebola vaccination for high-risk
health workers in Uganda hits 1,000 mark
KAMPALA Uganda (Xinhua) --
An ongoing Ebola vaccination for frontline health
workers in Uganda’s high risk areas has surpassed 1,000, the
World Health Organization (WHO) said here on Sunday.
The global health
body said in a statement that 1,175 healthcare and frontline
workers have so far been vaccinated out of the targeted 2,000 in
the five western districts bordering the Democratic Republic of
The vaccinated were
in the three districts of Kasese, Ntoroko and Bundibugyo, which
border eastern DRC where there was an outbreak of the highly
going on well. On Tuesday, the vaccination team will move to the
4th district (Kabarole),” WHO said.
Uganda started Ebola
vaccinations for frontline health workers on Nov. 7 with support
According to WHO, at
least 2,100 doses of experimental rVSV-ZEBOV Ebola vaccine are
currently available in the east African country. However,
supplementary doses have been requested.
With high fatality
rates ranging from 50 percent to 89 percent, the highly
contagious Ebola virus can cause a range of symptoms including
fever, vomiting, diarrhea, generalized pain or malaise and in
many cases internal and external bleeding.