Congo, Uganda clash over ADF’s Mukulu


The capture of Allied Democratic Force (ADF) rebel leader could soon cause friction between Uganda and the neighboring Congo.

Both countries claim the right to try the rebel leader, Jamil Mukulu, who was reportedly arrested in Tanzania.

A week ago, Uganda Police Force hit a deadlock in its negotiations with the Tanzania authorities for the possible repatriation Mukulu.

Police had dispatched a team of officers led by the Director Counter Terrorism, John Ndugutse, to help identify the suspect following a telephone communication between the Kale Kayihura, the Inspector General of Police and his Tanzanian counterpart.

It was confirmed that the suspect was Mukulu but Ugandan Officers were denied access to the suspect on grounds that he will be repatriated to the Democratic Republic of Congo.

More negotiations

Fred Enanga, the Uganda Police spokesperson, says the team which now comprises of Interpol, immigration and counter-terrorism and a representative from the DPP is still negotiating and once they gain access and permission they will be repatriating the suspect.

The team carried along a file of Mukulu with passport details.

Enanga said there is no specific time frame for the negotiations adding that it could even take a year.

He said it will depend on how fast Tanzania handles the matter.

Meanwhile, the High Court in Tanzania has already started trying Mukulu before they can decide whether to hand him over or not.

Congo demands it should be given Mukulu

In another shocking development, Congo has asked Tanzania to hand over Mukulu to them.

Congolese Justice and Human Rights Minister, Alexis Thambwe Mwamba, told journalists on Sunday that Mukulu and his bandits should be tried in Congo for human abuses committed in Beni, eastern Congo.

He said Mukulu was on Congo’s warrant of arrest for several years and should be tried in Kinshasa not Kampala.

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