Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni accused the United Nations on Wednesday of “preserving terrorism” in neighbouring Democratic Republic of Congo where U.N. peacekeepers have been unable to curb deadly attacks by Islamist rebels, according to Reuters.
Museveni levelled the criticism in a statement after meeting U.N. officials investigating an ambush of peacekeepers in eastern Congo last month that left 15 dead and 53 wounded.
The Allied Democratic Forces (ADF), a Ugandan Islamist rebel group that has been operating in the chaotic eastern Congo jungles for years, was widely blamed for the attack.
“The United Nations is responsible for preserving terrorism in the Democratic Republic of Congo,” Museveni told U.N. investigators, according to the statement from his office. The United Nations has not reacted on this.
The 15 peacekeepers, killed last year, all came from Tanzania in an attack which was described U.N. Secretary General Antonio Guterres as the deadliest assault on the organization’s peacekeeping forces in nearly a quarter century.
In the year 2000, the UN Security Council authorised a 5,500-strong UN force to monitor a ceasefire between rebels and government forces, and between Rwandan and Ugandan forces; known as the Lusaka peace accord. Unfortunately to these rebels signing the treaty did not mean putting down their guns.
In 2008, renewed clashes forced thousands of people, including Congolese troops, to flee eastern DR Congo. This caused the UN Security Council to approve a temporary increase of troops to bolster the strained UN peacekeeping effort.
But, till date the DR Congo is experiencing a “mega-crisis”, with conflict having forced 1.7 million people to flee their homes during the year, according to aid agencies. DR Congo is the worst-affected by conflict displacement in the world.