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CONGO: Uganda Calls Crisis Meeting As Kabila Commandos Move To Goma

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The meeting will be held in n the Plenary Hall of the New African Union Conference Center (AUCC) under the theme: “Boosting Intra-African Trade”.

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For two days, the Ambassadors representing the 54 Member Countries will be meeting at their 24th Ordinary Session within the framework of the 19th Assembly of Heads of State and Government of the AU to discuss the agenda for the Summit.

It’s at this time, according to sources in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, that Uganda will urge 11 member states of the Great Lakes Region to discuss mechanisms of bringing about peace to Eastern Congo.

The new development comes against the backdrop of intensified fighting in Congo where M23 rebels loyal to warlord Bosco Ntaganda captured another strategic town of Rutshuru on Sunday.

Earlier on Friday, M23 overpowered a battalion of Congolese forces thus seizing Bunagana border town in Congo.

Since Friday, at least 5,000 refugees have entered Uganda, fleeing fighting the volatile Eastern Part of Congo.

As all this happens, intelligence coming in indicates that President Joseph Kabila has dispatched a battalion of highly trained commandos, huge caches of ammunition, artillery, armored and motorized brigades from Kinshasha to the city of Goma.

Chimpreports.com has established that they will soon be marching toward Rutshuru, Lubero and Rumangabo to crush the rebellion.

M23 Operations Commander Col. Sultan Makenga has warned that any attempts to recapture these towns would have devastating effects on the civilians.

During the fighting, rebels seized a battle tank T-73, 106 -12, 2 guns tubes, anti-tank guns (SPG), 82 mm mortars, 60 mm mortars, 102mm mortars, 12 mm guns, military vehicles, a large stock of food, military and other logistics that could enable them to sustain attacks for several weeks and defend themselves against Congolese tanks and aircraft.

The M23 on Sunday said without a fight, the chief town of Rutshuru territory and its economic capital Kiwaanja were conquered at around 8:00am.

Kiwanja is located 70 kilometers north of Goma. Other towns included Ntamugenga and Rubare – north of Goma town of the province of North Kivu.

One of the reasons why the rebels advanced to Kiwanja is that the town is strategically located at the crossroads of three major supply routes of the city of Goma.

Besides, the roads Ishasha-Goma, Goma and Butembo-Bunagana-Goma Goma supply a variety of goods from Butembo and Uganda.

Observers say unless the greater Kivu is split from Congo and Rwanda FDLR genocidal rebels annihilated, the Eastern Part of the war-ravaged country will never realize peace.

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