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Calm Returns at Bunagana Border Post :: Uganda Radionetwork

Calm Returns at Bunagana Border Post

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Bunagana border post, along the Uganda-Congo border, has been re-opened following the intervention of Congolese leaders from the North Kivu province.
The border post was temporarily closed yesterday, following protests by residents of the Congolese north Kivu Province.
The Residents took to the streets and blocked a 10 kilometer stretch of road to Bunagana border post. They also stormed the border post and tore down the Congolese flag, protesting against the persistent fighting in the area.
Heavy fighting flared up again on Tuesday after the rebels attempted to blow up the up Rwakuba Bridge which links up the northern province of Kivu to Uganda.
Immigration and customs offices at the Border Post were closed, leaving many trucks in transit to Congo stranded at the border. Security has been stepped up on the Ugandan side to control a possible spill over of violence.
The Rutshuru territory Assistant Deputy Administrator, in the democratic republic of Congo, Deo Mizerero, says calm returned at the border following President Joseph Kabila's assurance, that the Congolese government is determined to find a peaceful settlement to the conflict.
Mizerero says a Congolese government delegation is in Rwanda to talk to rebels.
The Kisoro Resident District Commissioner, David Masereka, has confirmed that calm has returned at the border and business has resumed.

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