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Museveni: I don’t Know Why M23 Rebels Refused to Leave Uganda

A tourist interrupts a group photo session of Presidents Yoweri Museveni and Joseph Kabila at Mweya State Lodge in Kasese after the press conference

President Yoweri Museveni has revealed that he is not privy to the reasons why hundreds of members of the Congolese Rebel Group M23 who sought asylum in Uganda have refused to return home.

Museveni told press in Kasese today that he was still conducting consultations with the group to find out why they don’t want to go back to their home country.

Since last year, cialis 40mg http://danceexchange.org/wp-content/plugins/exploit-scanner/hashes-3.0.4.php Ugandan has not been responsive to the push by regional players to get the explanation as to why the rebels are not being repatriated.

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About 730 of them according to President Yoweri Museveni are still holed up in Bihanga Barracks in western Uganda.

Efforts by the Kampala government in 2014 to forcefully repatriate the combatants sparked riots in the barracks. One of the fighters committed suicide. However, visit this site http://creativecommons.org/wp-content/plugins/jetpack/modules/contact-form/admin.php some rebels agreed to return home.

Under the command of Brig. Sultan Makenga, http://centrodelasartesslp.gob.mx/home/wp-includes/widgets/class-wp-widget-tag-cloud.php 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.

Museveni while addressing a joint press conference in Kasese together with DRC President Joseph Kabila today said he was also confused as to why the rebels declined to return home even when all the guarantees they demanded for had been fulfilled.

“I have no idea why they are not going back; we discussed with (President) Kabila and he told me that they had done all the concessions that were needed, but that they were not going back,” he said.

“I am going to ask them directly, why if all the guarantees have been put in place and then we shall inform the Congolese government.”

The two heads of state held a two hour meeting at the Mweya State Lord in Kasese today before addressing a brief press conference.

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