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DR Congo rebels training in Uganda
Democratic republic of Congo has complained that rebels who have plans to attack it are recruited and trained in Uganda.
Congolese adminstrator of Arua territory, which borders with Uganda, Ambrose Mbutale said that a rebel group recruiting Ugandans and Congolese is training rebel recruits in Uganda.
He said that a Ugandan has been arrested in connection to a new rebel group in the Democratic Republic of Congo.
"We have arrested a man identified as Babu Kitenge. He is a Ugandan. He was arrested from Juru inside Congo and he confessed that he was in a group being trained to attack Congo," Ambrose Mbutale stated.
He also indicated that Babu was found in possession of army uniforms, gumboots, bags, bullets and minutes of meetings they held in Uganda to support the Congolese rebel group.
According to Mbutale he has met with a team of Ugandan security officials led by Ibrahim Abiriga, the Ugandan Resident District Commissioner of the district, and they are hunting for other Ugandans who are connected to the rebel group.
The Aru administrator claims to have official intelligence reports indicating that the rebels held meetings in some hotels in Koboko district inside Uganda between April and May 2009 and also that the group had started organizing support such as food and ammunition to aid the rebel group, which is still in its infant stages.
Uganda government representative Ibrahim Abiriga has confirmed that he met with the Congolese officials about the rebels. He however appealed to the Congolese authorities to give Uganda more time to investigate the matter.