Opposition Legislators in Parliament have tasked the Government to explain why they have decided to deploy the Uganda People’s Defense Forces (UPDF) to the neighbouring Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) without getting authorization from the August House as required by law.
In a Plenary sitting chaired by Deputy Speaker Anita Among, Mityana Municipality MP Francis Zaake asked Government to explain reports that the UPDF deployed in DRC to keep Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) terrorists based in the eastern part Congo at bay before the required approval of Parliament.
Zaake noted that Article 210 of the 1995 Constitution requires Government to seek Parliament’s approval before deployment of troops outside Uganda. He demanded to know why the Government deployed without Parliament approval.
The Legislator reminded the House that in 2005, the international court of justice ordered Uganda to pay reparations to the Democratic Republic of Congo which Zaake said was characterized with stealing Gold and plundering.
Soroti West Division MP, Jonathan Ebwalu demanded an explanation over the continued stay of the UPDF and other security organs in Somalia. He proposed the deployment of the UPDF in the DRC where the ADF is based should seek approval of Parliament.
Earlier, UPDF spokesperson Brig Gen Flavia Byekwaso had stated that the Ugandan army today morning launched artillery and airstrikes to flush out the ADF terrorists in Eastern Congo.
“This morning, we have launched joint air and artillery strikes against ADF camps with our Congolese allies,” Byekwaso posted on Social Media Tuesday afternoon.
Without giving details, the UPDF spokesperson said the airstrikes were done together with their counterparts from DRC.
On Sunday, AFP reported that DR Congo President Felix Tshisekedi had raised an option of allowing Ugandan troops onto his soil to flush out ADF.
The move to attack ADF hideouts in the thick DRC forests follows the twin blasts in Kampala a fortnight ago targeting the Central Police Station and along Parliamentary Avenue. At least seven people died in the blasts that security said was the work of the ADF which has bases in DRC.
In response, the Government Chief Whip, Thomas Tayebwa, said that the Government was still engaging the authorities DR Congo over deployment. He said that the Security Ministry will in due course, update Parliament and the Country on the deployment of the UPDF.
He also promised to have the Security Minister report to Parliament with a brief on security matters in the country.
Among, asked Government to present to Parliament a comprehensive report on its foreign deployment of the Uganda People’s Defence Forces (UPDF).