From UPDF/MoD media May 01, 2023:
Troops from Uganda Contingent serving under the East Africa Community Regional Force has today May 01, 2023 deployed in the Key area of Mabenga, North Kivu province in Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), the army reported.
The deployment follows a reconnaissance which the Contingent conducted on Sunday, April 23, 2023 in the general areas of Kahunga and Mabenga to facilitate the execution of the mission of the East Africa Regional Force in North Kivu-DRC.
The deployment is in compliance with the decision and consideration of 20th extra ordinary summit of the East African Community heads of state held in Bujumbura-Burundi on 4th February 2023 and the East African Chief of Defence Forces meeting of 9th of Feb 2023 respectively.
The summit directed for the serial withdraw and deployment of the East African Community Regional Force and the deployment of the troops in areas vacated by M23 rebels who recently intensified offwnsive against DRC government forces.
In a media statent issued by the Ministry of Defense, M23 rebel forces have already withdrawn from Bunagana, Rutshuru territory (Kiwanja) and Mabenga general areas to enable the monitoring of peace process and report violations.