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Bombs Hit Kisoro Again As DRC Forces Attack M23

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The shells which landed near Muyenga Hotel sent several Ugandans packing in fear of losing their lives.


This is not the first time DRC forces are bombing Uganda. Last week, over 20 people were injured in the attacks.


UPDF said it would investigate circumstances under which the explosives hit Kisoro.


It is also understood that the DRC ambassador in Uganda has since been summoned to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs where Kampala is expected to express its outrage over the bombings.


DRC accuses Rwanda and Uganda of backing the M23 rebels, a charge both countries deny.


Fresh fighting


The shelling of the Ugandan territory came amidst renewed escalation of hostilities between the rebels and the allied forces in the areas of Runyonyi, Rumangabo and Mbuzi.


M23 publicist, Amani Kabasha said their combatants were “responding to FARDC provocations.”


He said the rebel Movement’s positions were attacked today morning just about three kilometers away from Bunagana and Tchegerero.


Sources say FARDC and its supporters are struggling to wrestle the entire Bunagana border town from the rebels, a move that has faced stiff resistance.


By Monday morning, DRC, M23 and UN delegations were still meeting at Commonwealth Resort, Munyonyo, to find a solution to the crisis.


M23 leader Bertrand Bisiimwa on Sunday announced a ceasefire which the international community said was a “first and necessary step to peace.”


The UN Special Envoys urged M23 to renounce rebellion and that DRC forces cease all forms of hostilities.


However, the peace talks have since stalled because of UN’s insistence that rebels disarm, demobilize and face charges of human rights abuses.


Martin Kobler, the United Nations’ representative and leader of MONUSCO in DRC has been singled out as the man who is deliberately hurting progress in the peace talks by insisting that the rebel commanders should not be granted amnesty.


During the meetings in Kampala during the weekend, Kobler argued that M23 commanders such Col Kaina, Brig Sultani Makenga , Vianney Kazarama and Mboneza must go to exile in South Africa.


Observers say Kobler’s demands are unrealistic and not intended to find a homegrown and peaceful resolution to the conflict.

Museveni meeting Angola officials at Rwakitura

Bisiimwa said despite making huge concessions to the DRC government, M23 would not end its rebellion without tangible resolutions to the concerns for which it picked arms.


DRC government spokesperson Lambert Mende said FARDC has the capacity to defeat the rebels and that they should therefore surrender their arms and allow room for reintegration in civilian life.


SADC-ICGLR Summit


Meanwhile, Presidents Yoweri Museveni, Uhuru Kenyatta, Paul Kagame and other regional leaders under the Inter Conference on Great Lakes Region (ICGLR) are set to meet their Southern Africa Development Community (SADC) counterparts in Pretoria, South Africa on Tuesday to find a common ground in putting an end to the DRC crisis.


President Kabila’s military operations are being backed by Tanzania and South Africa – all members of SADC while the ICGLR is advocating for a political solution to the crisis that has left thousands of refugees stranded in deplorable camps in Uganda and Rwanda.


While SADC believes M23 should be crushed with military means, ICGLR leaders insist war has never been a solution to DRC’s problems and that both parties must resolve their issues on a round table.


President Museveni last week received Angolan Deputy minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr. Manuel Agusto, at his country home in Rwakitura Kiruhura dsitrict.


The Special Envoy conveyed a special message to President Museveni from President Eduardo Dos Santos.


Discussing peace and security in Africa, Museveni urged parties involved in the Congo conflict to allow the negotiated Kampala accord to work.

Kampala has been facilitating negotiations toward peaceful resolution of conflict.


Museveni said that a permanent solution to the Congolese conflict would address the demographic set up in the Eastern Congo as well as the disarmament of all militias.


The President emphasized UPDF “is a strong force with capacity to defend its territory.”

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