A judicial report released yesterday into the looting of the
Democratic Republic of Congo's (DRC) natural resources cleared
Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni but recommended that action be
taken against some senior military officers.
In the report, the product of a judicial commission of enquiry
headed by UK judge David Porter, Ugandan army commander Major
General James Kazini was singled out for criticism over his
activities when he led Uganda's forces deployed in the eastern
The forces were there to back rebels who rose up against Kinshasa
"We shall follow the recommendations of the commission to the
letter and all those mentioned will be dealt with in accordance
with the law," Foreign Affairs Junior Minister Tom Butime
The report recommends tough measures against several army officers,
adding that allegations made by a panel of UN experts about Kazini
"This officer (Kazini) has shamed the name of Uganda, and this
commission recommends that disciplinary action against him be taken
by the relevant authority," the report said.
"This commission has found a number of areas in which the
allegations against General Kazini are soundly based in evidence,"
Museveni, who had been mentioned by the UN report, was however
exonerated in the judicial report along with his son Major Muhoozi
Kainerugaba, the Ugandan army as a whole and the state of
But his brother, General Caleb Akandwanaho, also known as Salim
Saleh, and Saleh's wife Jovia were implicated in dealing that
plundered the natural resources of the DRC.
Kazini and Jovia stand accused of smuggling diamonds and the army
chief of having using his position to help companies that were
smuggling DRC's resources such as timber and gold.
The commission unearthed a radio message by Kazini to his
commanders instructing them that any payment for security services
should be paid through himself, in violation of Museveni's
It said diamonds from northeast DRC were smuggled into Uganda
through the military air base at Entebbe and flown to
"This commission recommends that the deliberate and persistent
indiscipline by General Kazini and his senior officers throughout
the DRC as revealed by Kazini's radio message should be
investigated urgently and disciplinary action taken," the report
Butime said that the government agreed with 95% of the
recommendations by the committee and there were some areas that
needed further analysis and agreement.
"The government's official response to the report will be released
today," Julius Onen, the acting Permanent Secretary in the Foreign
Ministry said. – Sapa-AFP.
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