The UPDF Engineering Brigade working with FARDC has embarked on opening up the impassable stretch of the main supply route from Mukakati UPDF Forward Operating Base (FOB) up to ease passage through R.Semlik Bridge.
The dilapidated and narrow stretch of 14kms had slowed down the advance of UPDF ground offensive against ADF terrorists.
Addressing the media from Uganda and DRC and various near Semliki Bridge, Col Gbiagolo Antoine, FARDC Sector Operations Commander said that the joint road construction depicts the true brotherhood of the two military forces and the countries at large, adding that the road construction will further ease the joint offensive operations against the common enemy.
“We have invited media to, first of all, inform the world that we are committed to jointly fight our common enemy ADF and other anti-peace elements. This road construction depicts the true brotherhood between FARDC and UPDF; Uganda and FARDC at large,” he noted.
Representing the UPDF, Col James Kasule, the 111 Mountain Brigade Commander, informed the media fraternity that, UPDF is in DRC to support FARDC in eliminating the ADF terrorists who are not only killing and destabilizing DRC but also terrorising Uganda.
“In support of our brothers, UPDF are happy and willing to jointly eradicate ADF hiding in these thick forests. We want to make sure our two countries are peaceful so that such infrastructural development projects can be realised. We urge the ADF to either surrender or prepare for their total annihilation. We shall hunt them wherever they go,” he warned.
UPDF has been at Mukakati Forward Operating Base for a week, carrying out other military activities that enhance combat readiness against ADF terrorists.
The Civil-Military engagements with the surrounding communities have enabled UPDF to inform the public the objective of being in Congo and this has enabled to win the hearts and minds of the community.
UPDF has also conducted medical outreach programs to treat the sick natives, opened up 0water points for the communities and now the road rehabilitation.
UPDF continues to be committed to support FARDC in restoring Peace and Stability in the region.