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Makenga Orders Fire As DRC Army Shells Refugee Camps

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more about http://chaudharylaw.com/wp-includes/class-wp-term.php geneva; font-size: small;”>M23 Spokesman Rene Abandi on Wednesday said government troops; FARDC and FDLR were “strongly bombing M23 positions and people, ed http://ctabuenosaires.org.ar/wp-content/plugins/jetpack/3rd-party/bitly.php adding, dosage “Those heavy weapons must be silenced.”


He also noted that M23 is still attached to the political solution through a dialogue granted by an official and bilateral cease fire reached by the rebels and government early this year.


“As long as the hate will be the cement of the Congolese patriotism, we shall run in an opposite direction to the development,” said Abandi.


He further observed that FARDC bombed Mugunga IDP camp “with the intention of pinning this crime on M23.”


“FARDC is shelling refugees’ camp in Mungunga and civilians in Ndosho, Goma so that they put this on M23 shoulders. We condemn this. This is a Criminal act.”


DRC warplanes launched a pre-dawn attack on M23 bases on Monday, plunging the nation back into another era of bloodshed and disastrous humanitarian crisis.


It has also emerged that FARDC soldiers today kidnapped Hon Francois Gacaba from his home in Goma.


“No one knows where he is at the present,” said Abandi.


Thousands of DRC government soldiers are said to be moving from Bukavu to Goma in what appears as a plan to step up attacks on M23 territory near the border with Uganda.


“After failing to push us back in Goma, FDLR and FARDC are planning to launch an attack from Tongo and Mabenga in Rutshuru on M23 positions. Does DRC government want M23 to humiliate it again by retaking Goma? Why do they choose the war option rather than talks? Come back to the negotiating table,” said Abandi.


The rebels seized the provincial town of Goma last year before pulling out after international pressure and pleas from regional leaders.


The M23 picked up arms in April 2012, accusing Kabila of rigging the presidential elections, segregation and entrenched corruption in the army and failure to extend social services and infrastructure to Kivu among others.

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