By Ahura Mujuni Mark
President Yoweri Museveni while addressing the masses at the 27th NRM anniversary celebration in Kasese ,assured Ugandans that the Allied Democratic Front (ADF) rebels from the Democratic Republic of Congo are no longer a threat to the country .
Museveni explained that Uganda suffered atrocities of the ADF the past years because the Uganda People’s Defence Forces were less modernised as it is today.
He said initially, Uganda experienced security problems because there was delay in the modernising the UPDF, following a demobilisation exercise that reduced the military’s size from 100,000 to 50,000 officers and men.
“ADF terrorists are still in Congo. However, if they dare cross the border, they know what happened to them last time in 2006. Over 100 of them entered Semliki valley, only 13 went back to Congo,” Museveni stated
One of the worst atrocities remembered by Ugandans about the ADF is the Kichwamba inferno which caused the death of over 80 students. On June 8, 1998 rebels of the Allied Democratic Front raided Uganda Technical College Kichwamba in Kabarole and burnt 80 students alive in three dormitories. The rebels also abducted more than 100 students.