President Museveni has instructed the Commander of Land Forces of the armed forces Gen Muhoozi Kainerugaba to halt the Operation Shujaa until further notice.
“President Museveni has instructed me and all UPDF forces to hold all our positions in the DRC! We shall do exactly that! Absolutely no movements of any troops throughout Operation Shujaa until further notice! Furthermore, we await the final declaration by Chairman Uhuru,” Muhoozi tweeted.
The joint operation between the Congolese army, Armed Forces of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (FADRC) and the Uganda Peoples Ddefence Forces-UPDF, known as “Operation Shujaa” started late last year and it was supposed to last for 6 months.
The operation has been put on hold over the M23 rebellion who reportedly captured the eastern town of Bunagana on the border.
In November last year, 1,700 Ugandan troops were sent to the provinces of North Kivu and Ituri in eastern DR Congo to overthrow the ADF.
The two Forces are engaged in road construction and rehabilitation works to facilitate and further secure the movement of soldiers and the displaced civilian population, particularly on Mbau- Kamango and Mobili axes, Kamango-Semuliki- Beni.
Several ADF terrorists including commanders have been killed and others captured since the start of the operation as both Forces conduct intelligence-led operations to neutralize the group and their allied international supporters.