President Museveni has said Uganda Peoples’ Defence Forces (UPDF) killed two Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) commanders while another is suspected to have drowned in River Semuliki in western Uganda.
President Museveni was Tuesday addressing the nation about the ADF attack on Kyapa Village, Bweramure Sub County, Ntoroko District.
Speaking at State House Nakasero, Museveni identified the killed ADF commanders Madison and Kyeswa.
“Their commander, one Yakute could probably have drowned,” Museveni said.
Here is his full address:
On 13th December 2022, at around 6.00 hours, early morning, the civilians called on the UPDF border detaches of Kyapa and Kayaja 1 by use of telephones and informed the soldiers that the enemy had crossed River Semuliki and entered on our side.
Quickly, the border detaches informed their Commanding Officer 8 Mt. battalion –Lieutenant Colonel Saul Bishusha Nabimanya.
He organized Assault Squads which advanced using convergence battle formations approaching from 4 approach routes. They intercepted and attacked the enemy around the villages of Kyapa, Kyobe and Kayaja 2, Bweramure junction.
That enemy group came from Mambasa territory at River Ituri in Ituri province in a bigger group which crossed Eringeti –Komanda road and entered Irumu territory to areas of Tokomeka and Belu 2 where by on the 11th December 2022, our joint forces of 83 battalions, 1 Commando battalion and FARDC attacked it and POA 30 terrorists, charged 08 guns and rescued 19 abductees.
That bigger group was under the enemy Commander one Mzee Mayor and another called Rafiki, who were coming to join another enemy commander called Muhammad Lumisa at a place called Maitatu. Thereafter, that thorough beating, the enemy commander Muhammad Lumisa sent this group of 40 fighters to come to Uganda, kill civilians and loot their properties.
After a total defeat of this criminal group on 13th December 2022, to date the results are as follows: 21 POA (put out of action), 15 captured alive, 17 SMGs and 02 PKs (machine guns charged from them making a total of 19 guns recovered from this group), 04 IEDs (improvised explosive devices), 337 rounds (bullets) of SMGS, 75 rounds (bullets) of PK, 15 handset phones, 5 radio –walkie talkies.
On our side:01 soldier was killed in action; 1 soldier was wounded in action; 01 civilian was killed by the enemy; 02 civilians were injured by the enemy.
So far, out of the 40 attackers who crossed to Uganda, 36 are well accounted for. Combing operations are ongoing to also account for the 4 remnants. The remaining could have probably drowned in River Semuliki.
Their commander, one Yakute could probably have drowned. The other Commanders killed and identified were Madison and Kyeswa.