The government ascribes these actions to the ADF and its supporters. Consequently, he highlighted the government’s consistent apprehension of individuals belonging to the Muslim community, linking them to the rebel activities.
“Many have been unlawfully killed, while others remain held in prisons and undisclosed facilities commonly known as ‘safe houses.’ Our sympathies go out to the families affected by these alleged uprisings,” he stated.
The ADF, known for engaging in violent and terrorist acts in Uganda, has been involved in various assaults, including murders, abductions, and bombings. The government has been actively addressing this problem to ensure the safety and security of its citizens.
The Justice Forum (JEEMA) has emphasized the urgent necessity for the government to commence discussions and negotiations with the leadership of the Allied for Democratic Forces (ADF) in order to seek a political resolution, aiming to cease the conflict between the Ugandan government and the armed group.
Ssentongo Abdulnoor Kyamundu, the spokesperson for JEEMA, suggested that given the current custody of ADF leader Jamil Mukulu at Luzira Maximum Security Prison, initiating such talks should be relatively uncomplicated. Kyamundu highlighted the Ugandan government’s previous engagements in negotiations with the ADF and similar armed opposition groups, presenting this as a feasible course of action.
Despite the apprehension of the ADF leader, Kyamundu emphasized the leader’s continued influence over his followers, cautioning that the use of military force would only result in further loss of innocent lives and exacerbate the nation’s already dire economic situation.
Furthermore, he underscored the detrimental impact of recent tourist killings on Uganda’s tourism sector, an industry that contributes significantly to the country’s GDP and employment rate. JEEMA expressed its readiness to mediate if the government were willing to engage in dialogue, urging the people of Uganda to join their campaign to end armed insurgencies and prevent further loss of lives.
While acknowledging the government’s efforts in addressing insurgent groups and bolstering security, Kyamundu highlighted persistent armed attacks, leading to the loss of lives, including high-profile individuals, which the government attributes to the ADF and its associates. He also expressed concern over the targeting and mistreatment of individuals of the Muslim faith in relation to these insurgencies.
Notably, the ADF, recognized for its involvement in violent and terrorist activities in Uganda, has been the focus of the government’s ongoing efforts to ensure the safety and security of its citizens.