Museveni: DRC war will not spill to Uganda

Mugira Fredrick, Africanews reporter in Kampala, Uganda

The instability prevailing in the Democratic Republic of Congo would not spill over into Uganda, President Yoweri Museveni of Uganda has affirmed. He noted that the feuding factions in Uganda do not have the capacity to cross into Uganda to destabilize the peace in the West.
Mr. Museveni's remarks come after clashes broke out in late August in the DRC's volatile North Kivu province between the Congolese Armed Forces (FARDC) and the National Congress for People's Defense (CNDP).

"They will continue fighting amongst themselves but they can not cross into Uganda because we can not allow them to do so. That is the benefit of voting for a strong government," Museveni said.

He was addressing a public rally at Ntungamo Primary School in Kayonza Sub County, seven kilometers from Uganda's border with the DRC.

Mr. Museveni is on a four day visit to Kanungu district where he has been on a poverty eradication drive.

He told the rally that the Uganda People's Defense Forces, UPDF, had the capacity to block any insurgency emerging from Eastern Congo.

"UPDF is very strong and has a strong leadership. Nobody will destabilize this area. It is now up to you to work hard and improve household income," he said.

Meanwhile, Africanews reporter Solomon Tembang has reported that calm has returned to the Restive North Kivu province after the worst outbreak of violence there in months. Reports say UN officials are working to maintain a fragile cease-fire signed between the government in Kinshasa and Tutsi rebels.

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