More than 600 Congolese government soldiers have fled into Uganda through Bunagana border post after serious fighting with the rebels. Congolese government forces have for the last three months been battling rebels loyal to renegade soldiers, Colonels Bosco Ntaganda and Makenga.
More than 600 Congolese government soldiers have fled into Uganda through Bunagana border post after serious fighting with the rebels.
Congolese government forces have for the last three months been battling rebels loyal to renegade soldiers, Colonels Bosco Ntaganda and Makenga.
The government soldiers fled alongside hundreds of refugees and have been disarmed by the Ugandan authorities and also separated from the civilians.
The soldiers crossed into Uganda after the rebels overrun Bunagana Border Post on the Congolese side.
Kisoro Resident District Commissioner, Hajji Ahmed Mustapha Doka, says the rebels are just at the border and that the soldiers have taken a safer place so that they are not targeted.
He added that they will get in touch with the Congolese Embassy and other authorities on the fate of the soldiers.
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Amos Abenayezu, a refugee told Uganda Radio Network that the fighting was fierce and that the rebels seem to be having a strong force.
He revealed that the government forces were seen running away with their guns and others putting off their uniforms to join the fleeing locals.
Paulina Mukeshimana, also a refugee told URN that she is worried that there will be a full-scale war as the rebels have taken control of the areas around the Ugandan Border and the Virunga National Park.
Hundreds of refugees were seen rushing to Nyakabande Reception Centre.
In April this year, Bosco Ntaganda mobilised his fighters and took up arms in Democratic Republic of Congo.
This was after he defected from the army fearing arrest following his indictment for war crimes by the International Criminal Court.
At least 200,000 people are believed to have fled the fighting with about 20,000 crossing to Uganda and Rwanda.
Recently, a United Nations report accused Rwanda of backing the rebels, a claim the Kigali leadership dismisses.
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