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Friday, 4 January 2013
ADF recruiting in Mayuge, Iganga says armyPublish Date: Jan 03, 2013
The Chief of Defence Forces
By Vision Reporter
The Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) rebels have a wide network spreading
across the East African region, a UN report has revealed.
The ADF rebels, according to the report, are closely working with
Somalia’s al-Shabaab militia linked to the al-Qaeda terror network.
Al-Shabaab is a radical Islamist militant group that has been fighting
against the UN and African Union-backed government of Somalia.
Uganda Police on Monday issued an alert saying it had received
intelligence reports about the ADF’s plan to carry out terror attacks
during the Christmas and New Year festivities in the country.
Chief of defence forces Gen. Aronda Nyakairima mid-last month said ADF
rebels were re-organising and had a fighting force of about 600 fighters
under arms. He said the ADF are currently occupying areas around
Eringeti, about 90km from the Uganda-DR Congo border.
Aronda said the ADF top commanders include Jamil Mukulu, Hood Lukwago,
Amis Kasadha, Musa Baluku, Mohamed Kayiira, Filipo Bogere, Jamil
Muzzanganda, adding that the group was reportedly recruiting in Mayuge,
Iganga, Bugiri, Hoima and Arua districts.
The November 2012 UN report corroborates the reports by the Ugandan
intelligence about the presence of ADF rebels in the eastern DR Congo.
The report of the UN Group of Experts on the Democratic Republic of the
Congo highlights the activities of the armed groups in the eastern part
of the country.
“During the year 2012, ADF has increased in strength to more than 1,300
combatants, of whom 800 are trained and well-equipped fighters,” the
“The ADF military commander continues to be Hood Lukwago, while
sanctioned individual Jamil Mukulu remains the supreme leader,” it adds.
The report says the Kenyan authorities believe that Mukulu is currently based in Tanzania.
“The Group has independently gathered several examples that support the
assertions of the Government of Uganda that ADF collaborates with
al-Shabaab in Somalia,” says the report.
“According to former combatants, ADF trained groups of young people in
its camps for several months before sending them to Somalia to fight.
The first of these groups departed the camps in November 2011,” the
“After the arrest in Nairobi of the son of Mukulu, Bikumbi Hassan
Mukulu, al-Shabaab agents Mustapha Kamau and Jacob Musyoka posted his
bail in November 2011. Several Kenyan intelligence agencies confirmed
that those individuals were members of al-Shabaab and supported Mukulu
and his family when in Nairobi,” the report adds.
Quoting intelligence sources, the report said information received from
Hassan Mukulu showed that “several businessmen linked to al-Shabaab
resided in the Eastleigh suburb of Nairobi and worked with his father”.
“Kenyan intelligence agents told the Group that they possessed records
of telephone conversations between Mukulu and al-Shabaab agents residing
in Eastleigh,” it added.
“According to ex-combatants and Ugandan intelligence agents, ADF has
strong support networks in the UK. Following their arrest on November
30, 2011, Congolese officials repatriated ADF political cadres Hoods
Sempebwa and Habibi Kiwanuka to the UK.”
“The two (Sempebwa and Kiwanuka) play an important role in co-ordinating
diaspora support networks. ADF also operates financial support cells at
the port of Tanga in Tanzania and in Bujumbura, Kigali and Nairobi.”
“Couriers transport financial resources generated by those cells to ADF
by crossing through the Kasindi border post from Uganda to the DR Congo.
ADF also generates local revenue through several business arrangements
“The rebels profit from taxation on illegal timber production west of
Erengeti and several gold mines near Bialose village along the Lesse
River,” says the report quoting multiple sources.
“The extensive recruitment networks of ADF persist throughout Burundi,
Uganda and Tanzania,” the report says, adding that ADF uses border town
of Bwera as a transit centre for its recruits.
The report further says that some recruits travel through Goma and head northwards to Beni.
The report said there were intelligence reports that ADF had acquired
anti-aircraft weapons in July 2012, fearing that the UN peacekeepers was
planning air strikes against them.
Sadly there was no good news in regards to recent elections: Bristol Mayoral candidate Marvin Rees failed to make that historic breakthrough. The meltdown of the Liberal Democrat and Conservative vote meant that the eventual winner, former Lib Dem leader George Ferguson was able to mop up that support. After the election I emailed Marvin to remind him that in 2000 Barack Obama failed to win a seat in the House of Representatives, but less than eight years later, he was the most powerful politician on the planet. Co-founder of OBV, Lee Jasper could not overcome the fact that his campaign had little or no money and the Respect brand had lost its shine.
Perhaps most worrying of all was the fact that none of the newly elected police chief commissioners were from a BME background. Equally with a voter turnout -15%, our democratic process was seriously undermined. One consolation, however, could be found in Birmingham. Although the Independent candidate Bishop Derek Webly didn’t win, his energy and demands for a diverse voice encouraged the eventual winner to appoint the respected Black Councillor Yvonne Mosquito to be his deputy. As we have always said, ‘sometimes when you lose you win’.
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