Five M23 Ex Combatants Arrested in Kisoro

Security operatives in the western district of Kisoro have intercepted 5 former M23 combatants suspected to be headed for the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Sergeant Erick Munezero, side effects Captain Roger Kubwimana, Captain Hategeka Ngiruwunsanga, Captain Freesia Musabyimana and Captain Patrick Mugisha who escaped from Bihanga barracks   in Ibanda district are being detained at Kisoro police station.

Charles Okoto the Kisoro District Police Commander says the ex-combatants were arrested Friday morning while traveling on an Omnibus registration number UAW 477K in Kanaba sub-county in Kisoro district.

Okoto said all the arrested will be taken back to Bihanga. He also said they will help security agencies to get all the former rebels who came from Congo, the Ministry of Internal Affairs will then advise on their fate.

Earlier this week, another 101 former M23 fighters were intercepted in Mbarara disguising themselves as passengers en route to DRC.

It is still unclear why the former rebels are fleeing the Bihanga camp where they were being kept following a cease fire agreement between Uganda, the Rebels and DRC in 2014.

Hajji Shafiq Sekandi the Kisoro RDC says security has been tightened and regular Police patrols will help in cracking down any wrongs element that may be using Kisoro as a pathway to DR Congo.


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