M23 take over Goma and the Airport


M23 rebels celebrate in the streets after taking Goma.

 

Finally M23 Rebel group has announced their takeover of Goma Airport that was in hands of United Nations whose role is to guard the civilians, in the eastern part of the Congo.

Col Vianney Kazarama who is the rebel spokesman confirmed this development saying “the town fell into their hands at 11:33 local time, despite the attack helicopters, and the heavy weapons, of the FARDC that is Congo army.

The M23 is led by mutinying soldiers under the control of General Bosco Ntaganda who rose up eight months ago, contending that Democratic Republic of Congo’s government violated a 2009 peace deal that was meant to integrate them into the army.

The rebels on Nov 19 demanded that the government open peace talks within 24 hours or see a continuation of fighting around the eastern city.  The DRC government quickly rejected the demand.

Contrary to the UN report which accused the Ugandan and Rwandan governments’ for financing the incursion, President Kabila jetted into Uganda on Yesterday,  Nov 20th  to discuss the Goma issue and it is presumed the talks will include the re-opening of the Bunagana border which the Ugandan government closed recently.

Kabila has also shown his interest in speaking to Rwanda over the issue of financing the rebels and opening up of their borders.

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