"I would like to know if Uganda's presence in the Congo is for massacring the Congolese," the newspaper quoted the MP, Ben Wacha, as asking during a debate in parliament on Wednesday.
It quoted Wacha, who is also the chairman of the parliamentary committee on rules and privileges, as telling parliament that he had heard a BBC report on Wednesday in which a Congolese rebel leader was quoted as saying that the UPDF was behind the fighting that claimed "hundreds" of lives in Ituri.
Wacha said the BBC had quoted the rebel leader as saying there had been intense fighting in Ituri, and that between 300 and 400 people had been killed by Wednesday morning. "He [rebel leader] said the fighting was so intense that there was no time for burying the dead, and accused Uganda and one other country of being behind the massacres," the newspaper quoted Wacha as saying.
The New Vision reported that the ministers of defence and foreign affairs were not in the House, so Wacha's question had not been answered.
[This Item is Delivered to the "Africa-English" Service of the UN's IRIN humanitarian information unit, but may not necessarily reflect the views of the United Nations. For further information, free subscriptions, or to change your keywords, contact e-mail: Irin@ocha.unon.org or Web: http://www.irinnews.org . If you re-print, copy, archive or re-post this item, please retain this credit and disclaimer. Reposting by commercial sites requires written IRIN permission.]
Copyright (c) UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs 2003