President Yoweri Museveni has extended congratulations to his Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) counterpart, Felix Tshisekedi, on securing a second term in office.
Tshisekedi emerged victorious in the DRC polls, securing over 70% of the votes. Businessman Moise Katumbi trailed in second place with 18%, followed by Martin Fayulu with 5%, and Nobel Peace Prize winner Denis Mukwege, a renowned physician treating victims of sexual violence in eastern Congo, garnered less than 1% of the votes.
With a voter turnout exceeding 40%, approximately 18 million people participated in the election.
President Museveni, in his congratulatory message, expressed confidence that Tshisekedi’s re-election would foster continued fraternal cooperation between the Democratic Republic of Congo and Uganda.
”Fellow Ugandans and, the fraternal people of the Democratic Republic of Congo.
I take this opportunity, on behalf of the Ugandans, to congratulate H.E Felix Tshisekedi on winning the electoral contest in Congo, as announced by the Electoral Commission. H.E Tshisekedi has positively contributed to the efforts of the region by bringing Congo into the East African Community and by allowing us to work with the Congo Army in dismantling the ADF in Eastern Congo.
We look forward to more brotherly cooperation with the People and the government of Congo” Museveni said.
Museveni and Tshisekedi maintain amicable ties as exemplified in December 2021 when the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) granted permission for the Ugandan army, UPDF to enter eastern Congo.
This joint initiative named “Shuja,” involved collaboration between UPDF and the Congolese army, FARDC, to address the threat posed by ADF rebels.
The “Shuja” operation has achieved notable successes, resulting in the elimination or capture of several ADF fighters and commanders. Additionally, the Ugandan army has successfully rescued numerous abductees.
The pressure exerted on the ADF has compelled the group to relocate its camps from near the Uganda-DRC border to more remote areas within the Democratic Republic of Congo.
With Tshisekedi’s re-election, it signifies the continuity of the Ugandan army’s presence in the DRC, actively engaged in the ongoing mission to hunt down ADF rebels.