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M23, FARDC Fighting Affecting Business at Bunagana

Addressing the media on the Congolese side of Bunagana on Tuesday afternoon, the M23 Spokesperson, Major Willy Ngoma accused the government of failing to fulfill what was agreed in Nairobi in 2013.
15 Jun 2022 09:34
M23 rebels manning Congolese side of Bunagana border (Photo Credit Samuel Amanya)-min

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Business has slowed down around Bunagana Border on the Ugandan side in Kisoro District due to fighting between M23 rebels and Congolese government soldiers. The business community say the clashes have taken a huge toll on their businesses.   

On Monday, M23 rebels took control of the Bunagana border in Rutshuru territory, North Kivu province, after Congolese forces, the Democratic Republic of Congo (FARDC) fled to Uganda.  The fighting has forced thousands of refugees to flee to the Ugandan side.

They say that the fighting resulted in the closure of the border and transport from Bunagana- Rutshuru – Goma.

URN reporter who was at the border on Tuesday observed many cargo trucks that were destined to Rushuru and Goma towns in Congo from Uganda parked and drivers stuck at the border. 

Hussein Kato, a truck driver wants the Congolese government to mediate with the rebels to enable their business to resume.

//Cue in: “tuba tujja nga tumanyi….

Cue out: “…ekyokulya mpa.”// 

Enock Matovu another truck driver says that he is uncertain if the cement he is transporting will reach DRC since all the buyers are in hiding.

//Cue in: “embeera etukoseza kubanga…

Cue out…. omuyekera tumuziiza.”// 

John Semahore, a businessman in Bunagana town council says that they have lost business because the Bunagana Market is occupied by refugees fleeing the fighting.

 //Cue in: “obwe orutaro rwabeireho…

Cue out…ziri kutambura.”// 

James Hashaka, Chairperson for Bunagana town council traders united association says that under normal circumstances, a trader at Bunagana town council can sell 30 tonnes of salt to Congolese nationals, however, due to fighting, traders sell less than 10 kilograms.   

//Cue in: “the impact is…

Cue out…of humanity.”//

Meanwhile, the M23 rebels have asked the Congolese government to respect the 2013 peace deal.

Addressing the media on the Congolese side of Bunagana on Tuesday afternoon, the M23 Spokesperson, Major Willy Ngoma accused the government of failing to fulfill what was agreed in Nairobi in 2013.

The peace deal that was signed between the Democratic Republic of Congo and M23 rebels sought to end the insurgency.

According to Ngoma, they want the DRC government to quickly form a brigade that comprises four battalions where two of them will accommodate the rebels while two accommodate FARDC as was agreed in a peace agreement in the Nairobi peace deal.

He says that the aim of the brigade is to beef up security in Eastern Congo to avert any attacks by other rebel groups like the Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) rebels and Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Rwanda (FDRL).

//Cue in: “what we want…

Cue out:  …everything.”//

He says that the government must also put immediate measures to officially recognize Kinyarwanda-speaking Congolese who live in Rutshuru territory as Congolese nationals.

Ngoma said that they are fighting against tribalism and the suffering of Ruthsuru civilians who lack food, health services, and schools.

//Cue in: “ no no no….

Cue out ….and harmony.”// 

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