December 28, 2023
Kamwenge, Uganda – The Uganda Peoples Defence Forces (UPDF) have successfully neutralized Musa Kamusi, the second-in-command of the Allied Democratic Forces (ADF), in a targeted operation on Wednesday, December 27, 2023, within Kibale National Park in Kamwenge District.
Defence Deputy Spokesperson Col. Deo Akiiki confirmed the identification of the deceased terrorist commander as Musa Kamusi, who had been designated as the second-in-command of the notorious ADF leader Njovu. The UPDF had captured Njovu, also known as Abdul Rashid Kyoto aka Tembo aka Buffalo, in a previous encounter on Lake Albert in November.
Musa Kamusi was allegedly responsible for a series of attacks in the Kamwenge area, including the recent assault on Nyabitusi I Zone on Christmas day, resulting in the tragic loss of three lives and the theft of livestock.
Col. Akiiki revealed that Kamusi was killed at 9:00 am inside Kibale National Park, where the UPDF recovered a PK gun, two Improvised Explosive Devices, and ammunition from the scene.
Kamusi was featured in police mugshots released on December 4, 2023, alongside another terrorist, with a bounty of sh20m placed on each of their heads. Fred Enanga, the Police Spokesperson, identified Kamusi as the new leader of the ADF group that had previously been led by Njovu.
The ADF has been linked to various attacks, including the October killing of two tourists, David Barlow and Emmaretia Geyer, along with a Ugandan tour guide at Queen Elizabeth National Game Park.
A splinter group of ADF, numbering between 5-8 individuals, has targeted Kamwenge twice within a week. In the most recent attack on December 25, unknown assailants believed to be ADF burnt a house in Nyabitusi I Zone, resulting in the tragic deaths of three occupants.
In response to the escalating threat, Defence Spokesperson Brig. Gen. Felix Kulayigye announced that the UPDF would commence the recruitment of 1,440 Local Defence Unit (LDU) personnel in specific districts, including Kyenjojo, Kitagwenda, Bunyangabu, Kamwenge, Kyegegwa, and Kasese. This move follows President Yoweri Museveni’s directive to bolster security in these areas and protect locals against ADF attacks.
The UPDF remains committed to eradicating the ADF threat and ensuring the safety and security of the affected regions.