A man who identified himself as an ADF collaborator voluntarily surrendered to the authorities in Rubirizi district.
According to Enanga, a spokesperson for the security forces, William Byaruhanga, aged 30 and formerly residing in Busunga town council in Bundibugyo district, turned himself in to the 309 UPDF brigade stationed in Rubirizi district.
“He has been transferred to Makenke barracks for further debriefing, and to gather intelligence regarding the ongoing ADF threat within the country. We strongly encourage other ADF members who may be infiltrating the country due to pressure in the DRC to also report to the security agencies,” Enanga stated.
In recent times, security reports have indicated that the ADF is facing mounting pressure, leading many of its fighters to contemplate surrender.
A report from the Bridgeway Foundation, a US-based charity organization committed to ending and preventing mass atrocities worldwide, recently highlighted the significant impact of Operation Shuja, a joint effort by the UPDF and the Congolese army, on the ADF’s structure.
“In the past two years since the commencement of Operation Shuja, we have observed a decrease in ADF-related fatalities. Numerous ADF members have been killed, and many others have defected. From September 2022 to the present, we have recorded 358 ADF members who have left the group. Some departed due to dissatisfaction with the group or disillusionment with its false promises, but a significant number left because of the intense pressure imposed by Operation Shuja. The ADF has faced a relentless barrage of bombs and bullets, and they understand that remaining with the group would likely result in their demise,” said Bulama Bukarti, the Vice President of Programs at the Bridgeway Foundation.
The Bridgeway Foundation official noted that while many ADF leaders have been eliminated by the joint forces, this hasn’t necessarily eradicated the group but has severely hampered its ability to operate effectively.