Uganda sends 5,000 troops to DR Congo peace mission

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The Uganda People’s Defence Forces (UPDF) Wednesday flagged off 5,000 soldiers for a peace mission in the troubled North Kivu province of the Democratic Republic of Congo.

The Commander of Land Forces, Lt Gen Kayanja Muhanga, flagged off the soldiers who will cross to DR Congo through the Bunagana border in Kisoro District.

“Unlike the Shujaa Operation on the other side of the DR Congo where we directly attack the enemy, the mission here is to witness a process of achieving peace in Rutshuru territory and the neighbouring areas in the North Kivu province in the DR Congo.  We are deploying about 5,000 soldiers,” Lt Gen Muhanga said.

Peace in North Kivu

He added that they are not going to Congo as enemies of any group, but to implement the decisions of the East African heads of state on creating peace in North Kivu.

The chairperson of Kisoro District, Mr Abel Bizimana, said he was excited that the UPDF soldiers had finally been flagged off to witness a peace process in the troubled DR Congo.

He added that his district has already allocated about 620 acres at Kabaya public land for the UPDF so that it can plan the peacekeeping mission.

“We are optimistic that the construction and tarmacking of Bunagana-Goma road will be revived now that the UPDF have come in to pacify the area. We are also expecting the revival of cross-border business in the area,” Mr Bizimana said.

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