Uganda investigates foreigners supplying rebels

from Xinhua
Published on 29 Apr 2009 View Original
KAMPALA, Apr 29, 2009 (Xinhua via COMTEX) -- The Ugandan army is investigating an unspecific number of foreign nationals allegedly providing logistical and military supplies to rebels of the Lord's Resistance Army (LRA) currently holed up in northeastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), an army spokesman said here on Wednesday.

"We are investigating some Belgian nationals for supplying food, military uniforms and arms to LRA rebels in DRC," Maj. Felix Kulayigye, the army spokesman told Xinhua by telephone.

He, however, declined to divulge the details as the investigations were still going.

The Belgium Embassy here on Wednesday said it was not aware of such allegations and investigations against its citizens.

"We are going to get in touch with Ugandan authorities to find out the details," said Jan Vandeput, a consul at Belgium Embassy in Kampala told Xinhua.

The authorities in western Equatoria in southern Sudan last month intercepted 13 trucks carrying food supplies from Uganda to Doruma in northeastern DRC, an area reportedly infested by the LRA.

The cargo was allegedly for Caritas, a Catholic charity organization, but relevant documents were later proved to be fabricated.

"The papers they were possessing on behalf of Caritas were fake and illegal. We have established that Caritas was innocent. They were not involved," said Kulayigye.

Caritas used to supply food to the LRA at Ri-Kwangba assembly point as part of the efforts to sustain the peace negotiations between the rebel group and Ugandan government before it collapsed mid last year.

The executive director of Caritas Gulu diocese, Bosco Komakech, said his organization was happy that their name had been cleared.

"They should go ahead and investigate these individuals who are trying to tarnish our name," he said.

LRA has wrecked havoc in DRC, southern Sudan, Central African Republic before they fled northern Uganda where it's over two decade insurgency left tens of thousands of people dead and some two million others homeless.