The recent assault on a Ugandan army (UPDF) convoy by unidentified insurgents in Rutshuru territory has been strongly denounced by the Ugandan contingent under the East African Regional Force (EACRF).
According to Capt Ahmad Hassan Kato, the spokesperson for the Ugandan contingent, despite the ambush, the UPDF troops tenaciously battled through and proceeded with their mission to Bunagana.
While two peacekeepers sustained minor head injuries, they were promptly treated at Kisoro hospital and are now in stable condition.
In response to the incident, Capt Kato emphasized that investigations have been initiated to identify the perpetrators behind the assault.
Furthermore, he condemned the cowardly act and issued a stern warning, asserting that such attacks must cease immediately. He underscored that the EACRF mandate empowers peacekeepers to defend themselves when necessary.
Reaffirming their unwavering commitment to the people of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), the Ugandan contingent expressed determination in fulfilling the EACRF mandate alongside the wider Congolese community.
Deployed earlier this year as a peacekeeping force in the DRC, the UPDF has taken over positions formerly occupied by the M23 rebels.
Despite this recent attack, the Ugandan troops have been actively engaged in various humanitarian efforts, including the construction of houses, the restoration of water sources, assistance in combating Cholera, and the detection and disposal of unexploded ordnance in the Eastern DRC.