Uganda and Rwanda military chiefs meet over insecurity in Congo


Uganda’s Brig. Peter Elwelu and Rwanda’s Brig. Gen. Emmy Ruvusha exchanging Memorandum of Understanding documents earlier this year in Kabale, Uganda.


Ugandan and Rwandan Security officials have met to discuss the deteriorating security situation in the Democratic Republic of Congo, following reports of fresh recruitment of rebel remnants in the troubled Central African state.

The meeting chaired by Rwandan Second Division Commander Brig. Gen. Emmy Ruvusha was held on Monday in Musanze District in Rwanda’s Northern Province.

The meeting was in line with the Joint Permanent Commission (JPC) and provisions of the Memorandum of Understanding on Defense and Security Cooperation between Uganda and Rwanda.
The Ugandan delegation was led by Brigadier, Peter Elwelu the Second Division Commander.

Others on the delegation included Colonel Octavius Butuuro of the Uganda High Commission, Lieutenant Colonels Bernard Tuhame, Nicholas Nyesiga and Captain Ronald Kakurungu the Second Division Spokesperson.

Captain. Ronald Kakurungu told this website on phone on Tuesday that the meeting discussed how Rwanda and Uganda could stop a spillover from insecurity in Democratic Republic of Congo.

Brigadier Gen. Ruvusha said that though Rwanda is stable , it has had isolated cases of cross border infiltrations perpetrated by “Force Democratic pour la Liberation du Rwanda” (FDLR) from Eastern DRC.

According to Ruvusha, insecurity in DRC and the region will continue if the FDLR rebels operating in Eastern DRC are not disarmed by Congolese Force.

He claims there are continued efforts by FDRL to recruit and train new fighters into its ranks, to strengthen its fighting capabilities to sustain the war effort.

He noted that the presence of Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Rwanda in the areas of Nyiragongo and Rutchuru territories closer to Rwandan border remained an issue of security concern. Ugandan Refugees Camps are also said to be targets for the Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Rwanda (FDLR).

Rwanda claims that some of the recruits are mobilized from Nakivale and Kyaka II refugee camps in Uganda and transported to Eastern DRC through Ishasha general border area.

He also pointed out the continued movement of youth from Rwanda to Uganda through illegal cross border points under the pretext of looking for jobs in Mubende, Kibaale, Kiboga and Mpigi Districts of Uganda, but end up being taken to Eastern DRC to join the negative forces.

Brig. Elwelu , says that it is unfortunate that the instability in Eastern DRC continues to favor the existence of negative armed groups whose activities not only threaten the stability of the regional countries but impact on Uganda’s National Security and the region.

Elwelu says that the Allied Democratic Front (ADF) continues to build its capacity through covert recruitment, training, and re-arming to cause instability in Uganda and the region.

The meeting resolved to have in place a Joint Intelligence Fusion Cell to facilitate flow of information and intelligence sharing between the two sister Defense Forces as well as addressing the influx of refugees from Eastern DRC.