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Kenyan Soldier Killed by bomb in North Kivu, DRC Accuses Rwanda Again :: Uganda Radionetwork
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Kenyan Soldier Killed by bomb in North Kivu, DRC Accuses Rwanda Again

On Tuesday, the Armed Forces of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (FARDC) and the militia coalition deployed a Su-Khoi 25 fighter jet and heavy artillery to conduct air raids on M23 positions in Kibumba, Nyiragongo territory. This resulted in the loss of Private Second Class John Ndawo, a peacekeeping troop attached to the Kenyan contingent, whose body was repatriated to Kenya for a dignified burial on Wednesday evening.
Body of private second class John Ndawo being loaded on a plane at Goma Airport for repatriation
The Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) has accused the M23 rebels of receiving fresh support from Rwanda as conflict escalates in the North Kivu province. The allegations arise in the midst of intense fighting between the M23 rebels and a coalition comprising the DR Congo army and militias operating under their umbrella "Wazalendo" in the Rutshuru, Masisi, and Nyiragongo provinces.

The ongoing hostilities have led to the recapture of Kitchanga town and neighboring Burungu in Masisi by the M23. On Tuesday, the Armed Forces of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (FARDC) and the militia coalition deployed a Su-Khoi 25 fighter jet and heavy artillery to conduct air raids on M23 positions in Kibumba, Nyiragongo territory. This resulted in the loss of Private Second Class John Ndawo, a peacekeeping troop attached to the Kenyan contingent, whose body was repatriated to Kenya for a dignified burial on Wednesday evening.

Subsequently, the DR Congo army, through Lieutenant Colonel Ndjike Kaiko Guillaume, the spokesperson for North Kivu province, issued a statement accusing the M23 rebels of initiating the attacks against government army positions, thus violating ceasefire declarations. Lieutenant Colonel Ndjike asserted that the government army is taking all necessary measures to defend itself.

The DR Congo government, represented by Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Christophe Lutundula and Minister of Communication and Media, Government Spokesperson Patrick Muyaya, also issued a statement on Wednesday, alleging that the M23 has received fresh reinforcements from Rwanda, further exacerbating the insecurity.

They claim to possess surveillance drone imagery that clearly shows the deployment of Rwandan armed forces in the Tongo group, in Rutshu territory, in support of the M23. The government has reached out to the Joint Verification Mechanism to ascertain the facts and determine appropriate actions. In response, the M23, through its political spokesperson Lawrence Kanyuka, vehemently denied receiving any backing from Rwanda.

Kanyuka argued that the DR Congo government is attempting to divert attention from the significant equipment losses it suffered over the weekend in the conflict with M23. Kanyuka also refuted accusations that the M23 was responsible for Ndawo's death, contending that the mortar bomb that caused the fatality was fired from a FARDC position. Notably, Private Second Class John Ndawo was the first peacekeeping troop in North Kivu province to be killed as a result of the ongoing fighting. On October 16, 2023, an unidentified armed group staged an ambush against Ugandan troops also participating in the peacekeeping mission in the region, injuring two soldiers.

The ambush took place at Rukoro-Buari along the Rutshuru-Bunagana road in Rutshuru territory, as the troops from the logistics department were en route to the Uganda-DR Congo border at Bunagana for resupply. Despite the attack, the troops effectively retaliated and continued their journey to Bunagana. No group has claimed responsibility for this ambush.

The March 23 Movement (M23) rebels, through their spokesperson Lawrence Kanyuka, released a statement condemning the attack against Ugandan troops and accusing the DR Congo army and the Militia Coalition under their umbrella organization, "Wazalendo" (patriots), of conducting the ambush as a means to disrupt the peace restoration mission in North Kivu through dialogue.

In March 2022, the M23 rebels, led by Bertrand Bisimwa and General Sultan Makenga, initiated a conflict against the government. The DR Congo government has consistently accused Rwanda of supporting the M23, although both Rwanda and the M23 have strongly denied these allegations. The M23 rebels claim to be fighting against corruption, xenophobia, and discrimination within the leadership of the DR Congo.

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