Uganda will send 1,000 troops to neighbouring Democratic Republic of Congo by the end of this month to join a regional force mandated to help end decades of instability, Kampala’s military said on Monday.
In September, Uganda paid Congo $65 million, the first instalment of a total $325 million, in compensation for losses caused by Ugandan troops occupying Congolese territory in the 1990s.
Despite billions of dollars spent on one of the United Nations’ largest peacekeeping forces, more than 120 armed groups continue to operate across large swathes of eastern Congo, including M23 rebels, which Congo has repeatedly accused Rwanda of supporting. Kigali denies the accusations.
“A peaceful and secure and stable Democratic Republic of Congo is not only good for the people of Congo, it is good for the people of our region,” Ruto said, adding that the East African Community would do whatever it takes to bring stability.
Reporting by Elias Biryabarema in Kampala and Benoit Nyemba in Kinshasa Editing by Hereward Holland, Nick Macfie and Mark Heinrich