On the 4th of August Uganda’s President Yoweri Museveni and Democratic Republic of Congo’s Joseph Kabila held a one-day summit in Uganda.
Museveni received Kabila at Mpondwe border post before they drove to Mweya Safari Lodge for bilateral discussions.
“A key agreement from our meeting was to form a joint working intelligence service unit which will help eliminate the hostilities of the Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) militia group right from its recruitment stage,” Museveni later said.
Museveni and Kabila also agreed to joint border patrols and intelligence sharing to curb the rising numbers of cross-border attacks by armed groups in the DRC.
Museveni said he was ready to deploy UPDF to join the fight against the remnants of ADF rebels in the east of the DRC.
The ADF’s leader, Jamil Mukulu, was arrested in Tanzania and is now facing prosecution.
The rebels have been fighting in eastern DRC since 1995. The ADF rebels are opposed to Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni, who has been in power since 1986.
The UN Mission in the DRC (MONUSCO) and the Congolese government have stepped up to respond to a series of massacres that have claimed over 600 civilian lives in the Beni area since October 2014.
During the summit, both presidents agreed on matters of security, electricity extension to the DRC, petroleum, oil pipeline, bridge and border survey.
The summit agreed that during the oil exploration period environmental issues are put into consideration and there is better tourism coordination between Uganda, DR Congo and Rwanda who share the Virunga National park.
This summit comes a few weeks after the end of the 40th session of Unesco World Heritage Committee in which by Decision 40 COM 7A.41, the World Heritage Committee, decided to retain Virunga National Park (Democratic Republic of the Congo) on the List of World Heritage in Danger.