Army Investigating DRC Bombing Of Ugandan Territory

Uganda’s army, the Uganda Peoples Defence Forces (UPDF) have commenced investigations into the bombing of Ugandan territories by Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) government forces on Wednesday.

The bomb dropped on Ugandan territory as Congolese government forces launched a sustained one week attack on M23 rebel held bases.
The bomb dropped on Ugandan territory as Congolese government forces launched a sustained one week attack on M23 rebel held bases.

UPDF’s second division officials are studying the Kisoro area where the bombs were dropped to ascertain the intention and motive of the DRC government soldiers in dropping the bombs on the Ugandan territory.

The bomb dropped on Ugandan territory as Congolese government forces launched a sustained one week attack on M23 rebel held bases. The government forces were attempting to overrun M23’s base in Bunagana. The bombs injured five Ugandan nationals who are currently hospitalised at a military health facility as they receive treatment.

Paddy Ankunda, the UPDF spokesperson, told the press at the Military headquarters on Friday that the UPDF is investigating the matter to ascertain if the bombing was intentional or accidental.

A Congolese armed forces (FARDC) tank fires a shot as soldiers battle M23 rebels in Kibati, outside Goma in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, August 30, 2013. Credit: Reuters/Thomas Mukoya
A Congolese armed forces (FARDC) tank fires a shot as soldiers battle M23 rebels in Kibati, outside Goma in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, August 30, 2013.
Credit: Reuters/Thomas Mukoya

The fighting between M23 and the Congolese government forces has currently been halted awaiting a decision from Kampala on the peace talks which are in their final stages.

Red Pepper Online has learnt that M23 and Congolese government have agreed to eight of the eleven clauses of the agreement.

The three clauses in dispute now are amnesty for the rebels, transitional security for the region and integration and re-integration. Information from the negotiation teams also show the three have been extensively discussed and a deal could be struck soon.

Lt Col. Paddy Ankunda, the army spokesman.
Lt Col. Paddy Ankunda, the army spokesman.

Bertrand Bisimwa the M23 leader is also confirmed to be in Kampala attending the negotiations at the invitation of the chief facilitator, Ugandan President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni.

The office of the prime minister has also confirmed that only 500 refugees are left as many of them have crossed back into Congo following the ceasefire yesterday.

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