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ICGLR Demands Repatriation of M23 Rebels from Uganda

Ugandan security personnel disarming M23 rebels who were interested in returning to DRC early last year

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The International Conference on Great Lakes Region (ICGLR) has piled pressure on Uganda to hand over all ex-M23 combatants to the DRC, viagra approved http://christchurchcathedral.org.au/wp-includes/taxonomy.php Chimp Corps report.

This was during the meeting of regional Defence Ministers in Angola’s Capital, http://ctrdv.fr/pmb3/opac_css/includes/resa_planning.inc.php Luanda this Tuesday.

In their resolutions, the ministers who included Uganda’s Crispus Kiyonga, decided that the Joint taskforce and all stakeholders must “expedite repatriation of the remaining ex-M23 currently numbering around 836 in Uganda and those 453 based in Rwanda as well as FDLR elements in transit camps in DRC.”

Last year, an attempt by Uganda to forcefully send the former rebels to their home country sparked a riot in Bihanga Barracks, western Uganda.

Several fighters broke their limbs while scampering in the neighbouring hills to elude repatriation.

One of the fighters committed suicide. However, some rebels agreed to return home.

Under the command of Brig. Sultan Makenga, the rebels were in 2013 defeated by a joint force comprising troops from South Africa, Malawi, DRC and Tanzania before fleeing to Rwanda and Uganda.

The rebel movement which claimed fighting the government of President Joseph Kabila over the poor living conditions and abuse of human rights in Eastern Congo had even captured the strategic town of Goma only to be forced out by the regional leaders and international community.

The rebels would later sign a peace deal with Kinshasa to disarm and renounce rebellion.

Kabila’s government committed to ensure a peaceful reintegration of the fighters into their communities.


However, several M23 combatants who surrendered were detained in military facilities and tortured or executed, according to the political leader of the Movement Bertrand Bisiimwa.

It’s this fear of possible persecution that former M23 fighters are reluctant to return home.

The whereabouts of the movements’ commanders especially Makenga remain unclear.

Asked to comment on the latest development, Ugandan army spokesperson, Lt Col Paddy Ankunda said “we are more than willing to send them home.”

He further recounted the ugly scenes that followed an attempt to repatriate the ex rebels.

“You remember what happened when we tried to send them home,” said Ankunda in reference to the riot at Bihanga.

Asked whether Makenga would as well be sent back home, Ankunda responded: “All M23.”

ICGLR agreed to convene a meeting Defence ministers from the region and SADC on Nov 18 in Kinshasa, DRC to “decide on the way forward given the expiry of the ICGLR summit deadline for the repatriation of the remaining ex-M23 in Uganda.”

The gathering said the resolution of conflicts is “essential to establishing an environment of peace, stability and development in those countries and the region.”


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