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EXCLUSIVE: M23 Break Silence on Brig Makenga

Brig Sultan Makenga

Demobilised Congolese movement, ambulance http://compraresenzaricettaonline.com/wp-includes/class-oembed.php M23, price has refuted reports that the outfit’s military commander, about it Brigadier Sultan Makenga, has escaped from Uganda.

“When Makenga reads such reports; he is laughing,” said Bertrand Bisiimwa, the M23 political leader.

In a telephone interview with ChimpReports on Sunday, Bisiimwa said “Makenga is at his house here in Kampala; ignore those rumours.”

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North Kivu Governor Julien Paluku this Saturday alleged that Makenga had “vanished” and that “Ugandan security services are not aware about his whereabouts.”

Paluku further said DRC had intensified border patrols to ensure Makenga does not stoke tensions in the area.

Ugandan Defence officials who talked to us on Sunday were worried of commenting on the story, saying it would give undue attention to Paluku’s allegations.

Makenga’s M23 emerged from the CNDP led by DRC warlord Bosco Ntaganda.

Makenga would later lead his forces to capture North Kivu’s capital, Goma, threatening to continue to Kinshasa.

He was compelled to abandon Goma by the international community and regional leaders including Presidents Yoweri Museveni and Paul Kagame.

M23 accuse the DRC government of reneging on its commitment to address the plight of the people of Eastern Congo including resettlement of refugees, extension of social services and creating a conducive atmosphere to allow political parties freely contest for power.

The movement, which was defeated by a combined force of troops from Tanzania, Malawi, DRC and South Africa, further lays blame on Kabila’s government for torturing and killing M23 members who voluntarily returned to their home country after the war.

The development comes against the backdrop of concerns that President Joseph Kabila would not hand over power at the end of his term this year.

Dozens of opposition activists have been killed in recent political protests challenging Kabila’s hold on power.

Observers say the DRC opposition remains divided, leaving Makenga as the remaining threat to Kabila’s political ambitions.

Bisiimwa said Paluku was employing diversionary tactics “because he has nothing to tell his people.”

He added: “That guy (Paluku) will always use M23 to divert people’s attention from issues that affect them. He will blame us for every wrong thing there.”

Asked to comment on Makenga’s health, Bisiimwa observed: “He is okay. He is in good health.”

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