Four More M23 Rebels Arrested in Kisoro

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Hajji Shafique Ssekandi, the Kisoro Resident District Commissioner says that the arrested ex-combatants, detained at Kisoro Police Station, are part of the 750 that recently escaped from Bihanga Military Training School in Ibanda District.

Four more M23 combatants have been arrested in Kisoro District on their way to the Democratic Republic of Congo.

They are; Captain Karuhije Habiyaremye, 30, Lieutenant Abdu Amani, 28, Sargent Isaac Habimfura,24, and Corporal Innocent Amani, 21. They are all residents of Masisi territory, North Kivu province in Democratic Republic of Congo.

Kisoro District Police Commander Charles Okoto says that the rebels were arrested at Kanombe cell, Muramba Sub County, Kisoro District yesterday.  Okoto says that they were intercepted by locals in the area while trying to cross to Democratic republic of Congo through secret path.

Hajji Shafique Ssekandi, the Kisoro Resident District Commissioner says that the arrested ex-combatants, detained at Kisoro Police Station, are part of the 750 that recently escaped from Bihanga Military Training School in Ibanda District.

Ssekandi also urged locals to remain vigilant and alert security for intervention in case they become suspicious or fail to recognize any person in the area.

This is not the first time M23 rebels are arrested in Kisoro trying to cross to Democratic republic of Congo. On January 23, five more M23 rebels were intercepted at Kanaba along Kabale-Kisoro road. They were relocated to Bihanga Military Training School.

The M23 Movement also known as the Congolese Revolutionary Army was a rebel military group based in Eastern areas of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). The Ex-combatants sought refuge in Uganda after a ceasefire agreement that ended their activities and control in Goma.

Some started dwelling in Kisoro District as urban refugees while others were taken to Bihanga Military Training School in Ibanda district for demobilization. In December 2013, a total of 1,374 ex-M23 combatants were transferred from Kavera in Kasese district to Bihanga.

During the recent meeting with team, military attaches from the United States of America, India, China, Rwanda, Tanzania, Uganda and the ex-combatants at Bihanga Military Training School, it was revealed that the number of ex-combatants dwindles by the day and their destination is yet to be known.

During the meeting it was also revealed that, a total of 750 former combatants are missing from the Military Training School. Rebel Commander, Sultan Makenga and Lt Colonel Vianney Kazarama, the spokesperson of the M23 Military wing, escaped from the camp.

Currently, the UPDF can only account for about three hundred of them.

 

About the author

Samuel Amanya
Samuel Amanya is the Kigezi Region URN bureau chief. Kabale, Kisoro, Kanungu and Rukungiri districts fall under his docket. Samuel Amanya has been a Uganda Radio Network reporter since August 2016. Before becoming a URN staff reporter, Amanya had written for the network for several years as a freelancer.


Amanya was also a Voice of Kigezi reporter from 2011 to 2016.


A journalism graduate from African College of Commerce Kabale, Amanya values his independence. Amanya says URN is a home for his talent because it lets him explore his journalistic interests without limits.

Amanya is fascinated by the crime beat and some of his best stories have come out of that interest. Amanya says he aims to be all round beat reporter.