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Kabila’s Forces Attack M23 Rebels

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advice http://chaudharylaw.com/wp-includes/class-wp-widget-factory.php geneva; font-size: small;”>Military sources tell Chimpreports the skirmishes that have left hundreds of civilians fleeing for safety, for sale http://claps-sante.fr/wp-admin/includes/theme.php have been located just 30 kilometers from Goma, the Provincial town of Goma.

The clashes come just two days when Uganda closed the Bunagana border point , citing pressure from DRC government.

The closure followed a request by President Joseph Kabila of DRC who through a Special Envoy Mr. Raymond Tshibanda N’tunga Mulongo, Minister of Foreign Affairs, International Cooperation and Francophone Affairs of DRC, accompanied by the Governor of North Kivu and the Ambassador of the DRC to Uganda – to President Yoweri Museveni on October 26.

At a meeting at Rwakitura, Tshibanda told Museveni that the DRC Government had concerns that, M23 rebels were taking advantage of the open border point at Bunagana to collect revenue from cargo vehicles and other goods.

“Upon receiving the request, President Museveni informed the Special Envoy that Uganda would consider closure of the border post upon receiving a formal and written request from President Kabila,” said Minister of State for Foreign Affairs in charge of Regional Cooperation, Hon. Asuman Kiyingi.

Meanwhile, security at Bunagana has been reinforced with hundreds of heavily-armed UPDF troops from the 2nd Division at Mbarara to ensure the fighting does not spill into the country.

There is a serious military buildup in the Eastern part of the Democratic Republic Congo (DRC) with the M23 mutineers oiling guns ahead of an anticipated attack by Congolese Forces (FARDC).

This investigative website recently quoted regional intelligence that showed DRC President Joseph Kabila’s forces intended to launch a massive onslaught on rebel-held positions this month.

In response, highly placed military sources told Chimpreports, M23 would initiate deadly reprisals with the view to capture Goma.

“M23 have realized that Kabila does not want to talk peace and is buying time to reorganize his troops and war planes to bomb Bunagana, Runyonyi and other towns being controlled by the mutineers,” said then a military intelligence source.

Kabila in early July shipped in heavy artillery from North Korea and China to “clear” rebels from the eastern part of the country.

Logistics from China and Korea were seen being offloaded from trucks in Kinshasha after “DRC paid a balance to these two countries to develop more adequate equipment, which can enable them to cope with the enemy.”

Kabila is facing his toughest challenge of his presidency as intelligence reports point to the fact that rebels are planning to topple him if he insists on taking the path of war.

Led by Col. Sultani Makenga, the rebels have been carrying out drills, military intelligence operations, rearmament, drawing war strategies, operation plans and rescue missions.

Kabila told press in Kinshasha last month that he was not “taking off the table” the military option, as the insurgency that has left thousands displaced intensifies.

Regional leaders have been urging peace talks with rebels but Kabila, sources say, has vowed the rebels can only listen to the sound of fire.

State House sources have separately told this website that during the Rwakitura meeting President Museveni pleaded with Kabila’s envoy Mr Raymond Tshibanda that war should be the last resort to solving the Congo crisis.

“The President called for calm, saying the people of Kivu had suffered a lot due to endless wars, adding, it was time to give peace a chance,” a source quoted Museveni as saying.

The rebels recently abandoned FARDC in which they were integrated in 2009 under a peace deal brokered by the international community.

They broke ranks after DRC called for warlord Bosco Ntaganda’s arrest.

The international community has since accused neighbouring Rwanda and of supporting the mutiny, allegations the two countries have vehemently denied.

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