The refugees entered the country on Monday following fighting between M23 rebels and the Armed Forces of the Democratic Republic of Congo (FARDC) soldiers in Rutshuru territory, North Kivu province.
A congolese soldier at Bunagana border
have crossed into Uganda through the Uganda-Democratic Republic of Congo border
entered the country on Monday following fighting between M23 rebels and the
Armed Forces of the Democratic Republic of Congo (FARDC) soldiers in Rutshuru
territory, North Kivu province.
Shafique Ssekandi Ssengoba, the Resident District Commissioner Kisoro says that
refugees were received by security personnel manning the border and handed over
to United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) officials.
Ssengoba so far 17,851 refugees are still at Nyakabande the transit camp.
He however says that authorities are worried after a case of Covid-19 was
recorded among the refugees.
FARDC on Tuesday said that two of their soldiers were injured after they fell
in an ambush by M23 rebels in Muhati while on a domination patrol in the region
of the Kisigari group in Rutshuru territory between Virunga National Park.
Guillaume Njike Kaiko, the spokesperson for the Sokola 2/North Kivu operational
sector claims that while rebels fired bullets several times, the FARDC did not
respond because they did not want to violate the recommendations of the Nairobi
units on patrol soiled bullets in liaison between Bikenge and Ishangi. We did
not reply because not only did we want to avoid collateral damage but also and
above all we wanted to respect the Nairobi conclave. We see a violation of the
ceasefire by the M23 but we want to tell you that the army will not let it go,”
accusations were however strongly rejected by Major Willy Ngoma, spokesperson
of the M23 rebels. Ngoma instead accuses FARDC soldiers of accusing the army of
attacking the M23, which only responded to the provocation. According to Ngoma,
the M23 occupies the hills of Chanzu and Runyonyi to protect its rear base of
controls the Bugusa position, about ten kilometers north of the M23 positions.
The fighting between M23 rebels and FARDC that started on March 28 has
left more than 40,000 people displaced with over 20,000 crossing to Uganda and
others in Rutshuru.
3000 refugees have been transferred to Nakivale refugee camp in Isingiro
district from Nyakabande.