Uganda: February 20, 2001


: Ugandan Army Brigadier-general Wamala Katumba (current commander of Ugandan forces in the DRC) said that Uganda still intends to withdraw two infantry battalions (approximately 1500 men, with support troops) from the DRC. The two battalions will be drawn from the Buta area (in northeastern DRC). On the same day, an RCD rebel spokesman accused the DRC government (Joseph Kabila) of continuing to support Rwandan Hutu militias operating in eastern Congo. The RCD said the DRC government had air-dropped weapons to the militias (apparently within the last week). The DRC government had promised to end support of Rwandan Hutu militias. The airdrops were to Mai-Mai and Interahamwe militias located near Lilengwe and Kilembwe. What lies behind the air drops. The first is that no one is really in control in Kinshasha. The second follows from the first: several leaders DRC government) particularly the military forces) have an agenda other than peace.


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