Ministry of Defence and Veteran Affairs led by State Minister of Defence (General Duties), Hon Jacob Marksons Oboth have asked Parliament to allocate UGX 89.7 billion to finance the ongoing Operation in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) a.k.a ‘Operation Shujaa’.
Appearing before Parliamentary Committee on Defense and Internal Affairs, Oboth Oboth emphasized that the UGX 89.7 billion will strengthen the ground, air and intelligence operations required to neutralise the outfit.
On November 30, 2021, the Congolese army (FARDC) and the Ugandan military (UPDF) launched joint operations in the Beni territory of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) against the Allied Democratic Forces (ADF), an armed group that originated in Uganda but has operated in eastern Congo since the mid-nineties.
The operations came in the wake of a series of suicide attacks in Kampala, the Ugandan capital. The government attributed the attacks to the ADF, which is suspected to have close ties with the Islamic State (ISIS).
A section of the MPs in Committee led by Lwemiyaga MP, Theodore Ssekikubo were concerned that the troups went to DRC without Parliament authorisation yet again Ministry of Defence come to Parliament for resources for the same.
In response, Oboth Oboth admitted that indeed the troups went to DRC without Parliament authorisation, however, he said that circumstances at the time could not allow for prior approval by Parliament since the operation required a surprise attack on the ADF bases.
Mukono North MP, Hon Abdallah Kiwanuka questioned the recent diplomatic visits by Commander of Land Forces, Lt Gen Muhoozi Kainerugaba’s. He demanded to know in what capacity he was making the visits.
Kiwanuka was also concerned that the activities and political utterances on by Lt Gen Muhoozi Kainerugaba on his Twitter handle were unbecoming of a serving military officer. He accessed him of making dangerous utterances about Ethiopia in his recent tweets.
In response, the Joint Chief of Staff, Maj Gen Kyanda said that the that Lt Gen Muhoozi Kainerugaba apart from being a serving military officer, he also serves as the Presidential advisor, which gives him additional roles. He challenged the MPs and the general public to look at the bigger goal of the diplomatic visits.