On Thursday, 78 Congolese crossed to Bunagana following fighting between the March 23 Movement (M23) rebels and the Armed Forces of the Democratic Republic of Congo (FARDC) soldiers.
A convoy of buses climbing Kanaba hills in Kisoro district heading to Nakivale (Photo Credit Samuel Amanya)
refugees have been transferred to Nakivale refugees center in Isingiro District.
who have been at the Nyakabande resettlement center were transported in 11 buses.
Shafique Ssekandi Ssengoba, Kisoro Resident District Commissioner says that they wanted to
create space at the transit center since more refugees have continued to flee
Rutshuru in North Kivu province.
78 Congolese crossed to Bunagana following fighting between the March 23
Movement (M23) rebels and the Armed Forces of the Democratic Republic of Congo
Kisamo, the Settlement Commandant of refugees in the Office of the Prime Minister
says that more than 4,000 refugees have been transferred to Nakivale. He adds
that there are currently 17,304 refugees still camped at Nyakabande.
gunfire exchange between M23 rebels and FARDC soldiers started on Thursday at
around 3:00 PM in the Jomba groupment south of Bunagana, in the territory of
Rutshuru in areas of Musungero, Rushari, Nyarubara, and Runyoni.
morning, Lieutenant-Colonel Guillaume Ndjike Kaïko, FARDC Spokesperson for
sokola2 operations argued that it was the M23 who attacked the Congolese army,
after having threatened to launch their offensive through a press release
published on the morning of Thursday.
“We were in
Kabasanza, the M23 once again violated the truce by attacking one of our
positions and a FARDC patrol. You also know that in social networks, you saw,
that the M23 issued a statement that they were preparing to attack, and here is
the proof, they have just materialized their will, and there the FARDC has
controlled the situation, we are waiting for the rest”, claims Ndjike.
are yet to issue a statement about the accusations. M23 rebels had
earlier through its spokesperson, Major Willy Ngoma accused FARDC of having
maintained new meetings with the armed groups extended to the administrative
authorities of Rutshuru territory.
M23 cites in
particular combatants from the Nyatura-Abazungu armed group, Democratic Forces
for the Liberation of Rwanda (FDLR) combatants, Mai-Mai, and at least 120
combatants from the Alliance of Patriots for a Free and Sovereign Congo (APCLS)
and Nyatura-Domi armed group.
The M23 also
accused FARDC of deploying on the front line, despite the ongoing talks in
Kenya’s capital Nairobi.