The President of the Senate of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Modeste Bahati Lukwebo alongside other government officials will Sunday arrive in Uganda for a three day working visit, according to the Uganda Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

The delegation will stay in Uganda from December 19 to December 22, 2021.

“The main purpose of this visit is to further bolster the excellent cordial bilateral relations between the Republic of Uganda and the Democratic Republic of Congo,” says the Ministry.

The visit comes on the heels of the ongoing joint mission by security forces of Uganda and the Democratic Republic of Congo in eastern DRC to iron out the remnants of the Allied Democratic Forces (ADF), a rebel outfit linked to Islamic extremists that terrorised parts of both countries through the late 1990s and early 2000s.

The group is accused of looting and meting war crimes on civilians in both Uganda and Congo including high profile murders witnessed in Uganda over the past couple of years and the killing of four civilians a couple of weeks ago in Kampala when suicide bombers detonated their explosives at parliamentary avenue and Central Police Station in Kampala.

The visit of Congo officials is also happening at the time when Uganda has just started the construction of the 223 Kilometer road network that will open the Eastern part of the country to cross border trade with Uganda.

The project when completed will boost trade between the two countries since transportation of goods between the two countries had been hampered by poor infrastructure in the past.

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