April 8, 2007:
Families of Ugandan peacekeepers killed in Somalia will receive a death benefit of
approximately $50,000 from the African Union. This is an enormous sum for the average
Ugandan. The AU is paying for the
peacekeeping operation. Uganda has around 1600 troops in Somalia, and is, at
the moment, the only AU force in
Somalia. Malawi and Ghana have agreed to send troops. Burundi has promised
1700. Nigeria has promised 850 soldiers.
April 4, 2007: The National Mine Action Program is
now in full operation in northern Uganda. From February 9 to April 2, the
de-mining teams in northern Uganda had removed over 200 land mines and
unexploded ordnance. The unexploded ordnance includes RPG rockets and hand
April 3, 2007: Mozambique and South Africa have
joined Kenya as new sponsors of the Uganda-LRA peace talks. The government of
South Sudan had been encouraging other African countries to use their
diplomatic influence to keep the peace process going. The three governments
will likely send mediation teams to Juba, Sudan, when peace talks reconvene on
April 2, 2007: At least 18 people died in a "tribal clash" in
northeast Uganda. The violence was sparked by a cattle raid, which is all too
common in the area. Apparently Jie tribesmen
attacked Bokora tribesman. The Jie
claimed the Bokora had stolen over 400 head of cattle. The gunbattle lasted six hours, and only ended
when a Ugandan Army helicopter gunship arrived in the area.
commando unit ambushed a group of Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) rebels
in western Uganda. The ADF force was trying to infiltrate from the Congo. Four
ADF rebels died in the firefight. The
Ugandan troops had been pursuing ADF rebels since mid-March and have
killed 61 ADF rebels during that period.
The army had been blocking infiltration routes along the Semliki River.
This "quiet offensive" has been very
successful, although it is very tough to confirm the numbers. However, in
March, Uganda sent the Congolese government and UN representatives of MONUC (UN
peacekeepers in the Congo) a number of messages about ADF infiltration. MONUC
had promised to take action against the guerrilla groups.
March 27, 2007:
LRA guerrillas have left south Sudan and returned to bases in the Congo
(Democratic Republic of Congo), apparently
inside Garamba National Park.