Uganda’s Prime Minister Amama Mbabazi has dismissed reports accusing the Uganda government of continuing to support the M23 rebels.
Mbabazi said on Wednesday that Uganda is neither the father nor the god father not even the mother of M23 saying it is a baby of the Democratic Republic of Congo—DRC.
This was during the 45 minutes question and answer session in Parliament. The session, where the Prime Minister answers questions from MPs, is provided for under Rule34 of Parliament’s Rules of Procedure.
During this time the prime minister may make a statement or questions may be put to him relating to matters of government policy or the general performance of the government and government agencies.
Makindye West MP Hussein Kyanjo asked Prime Minister Mbabazi what he had to say about reports in the public accusing Uganda of being the God Father of the now defeated M23 rebels.
Mbabazi noted that Uganda as a good neighbour and being led by a government with a Pan-African outlook, offered its services to its neighbours in Congo to try and resolve the internal conflict within the country.
He said that the country has made progress in its involvement in DRC although the peace agreement is yet to be signed.
Uganda has been mediating the talks between M23 rebels and the government of President Joseph Kabila aimed at ending 20 months of fighting in the east of the country. A week ago, the DRC army with support from the United Nations Intervention Brigade defeated the M23 rebels and pushed them out of their positions. Close to 2000 rebels including their top commanders are now camping in Uganda.
A peace agreement supposed to be signed on Monday now hangs in balance after the DRC delegation asked for more time to study the document.
Mbabazi, however, noted that Uganda is still hopeful to help the people of Congo to have peace saying that they need it for their own development and for regional stability. He appealed to Ugandans to trust government in its involvement in the DRC saying that they have done it before with its other neighbours.