Denis Mukwege, a renowned human rights activist in North Kivu province, and the elected provincial deputy of Rutshuru, Bonaventure Sherimpuwe have called for sanctions against Rwanda for the aggression against DR Congo.
According to Bisimwa, Kanyuka’s appointment is meant to ensure that M23’s communication is effective. Bisimwa also says that Major Willy Ngoma, who has been the overall spokesperson of the rebels will remain acting as the military spokesperson.
The fighting happened in Kabingo and Rubavu villages in Busanza grouping. In Rubavu village, FARDC soldiers and the militia groups of Nyatura and Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Rwanda (FDLR) attacked the rebels’ positions.
Congolese top government officials visited Museveni at State House Entebbe to seek guidance on how to best they can handle and end the security crisis in their country. Museveni advised that the correct way to solve the problem once and for all is to have a cease-fire in place. Museveni also advised that the M23 issues should be listened to by the regional leaders.
M23 rebels have been battling with the Armed Forces of the Democratic Republic of the Congo since March this year under a claim of fighting bad leadership based on corruption, xenophobia, and discrimination. They have since captured the major Uganda-DR Congo border of Bunagana and the neighbouring areas.
The rebels overran the border forcing more than 150 Congolese government
soldiers who were manning it to flee into Uganda. Fighting between rebels and
government troops intensified in March this year, especially in Bweza and Jomba groupings.
The Civilians carrying a coffin bearing an effigy of Rwandan President Paul Kagame and others carrying placards with President Yoweri Museveni's picture encircled with an X attempted to cross to Rwanda through the border of Rubavu while pelting stones at Rwandan police officers.
The rebels conquered Bunagana Border in Rutshuru territory in North Kivu province on Monday after overpowering DRC government security forces in the area. The security team which comprised 137 members of the Armed Forces of the Democratic Republic of Congo (FARDC) and 37 police officers retracted from the frontline and fled to Uganda.