The suspected mai mai rebels were handed over together with the body of their colleague by the UPDF Mountain battalion brigade based in Kasese on Saturday. The handover function happened at the Mpondwe-Kasindi border post.
The four; Katembo Kombe aged 21, Thembo Mutima, 15, Kambale Kombo, 23, and Jean Kasereka, 23, together with the late Kasereka Nguchi, 23 were allegedly part of a big Mai Mai group. The UPDF intercepted this group in Bweta, gunned down Kasereka Nguchi and captured the other 4.
Prior to its capture, the group had been crossing into Uganda via river Tako, which is a stride to the international borderline.
Apparently, those who had guns were able to escape capture. According to reports, authorities have also arrested three Ugandan collaborators. They will soon arraign them before courts of law.
“We have got good information, we know their structures, who supplies with logistics and contacts,” Col Columbus Tumwine, the Mountain brigade commander said.
Col Danny Endubu Madawa, the FARC/UPDF coordinator of operation shujja, applauded the UPDF and FADRC’s struggle to pacify the eastern part of DRC to ensure there is peace and stability.
He said this shows the collaborative relationship between the two countries. To describe this, he used a metaphor that if Congo catches the flu, then Uganda starts coughing.
Mai Mai militia is among the numerous active rebel groups operating in eastern DRC. Formed by Gedeon Kiyungu Mutunga in 2011 to purportedly defend local communities of Kitanga province against other armed groups.
It’s known for acts of mutilation, sexual violence, and conscription of child soldiers among others.
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