KAMPALA Uganda is holding dozens of fighters from the M23 rebel group who fled the Democratic Republic of Congo right after clashing with troops there this 7 days, the Ugandan armed service claimed on Thursday.
Richard Karemire, Uganda’s armed service spokesman, told Reuters that forty four M23 fighters were being staying held at a camp in the southwestern town of Kisoro.
He rejected accusations manufactured by DRC that Uganda was enabling the fighters to revive their insurgency.
“They fled and they are at a camp… pending determination of their subsequent place,” he claimed.
M23, the major of a range of rebel movements that have sown chaos and bloodshed in mineral-wealthy japanese Congo for yrs, at the time controlled swathes of territory there.
Hundreds of the group’s fighters, nonetheless, fled to Uganda in 2013 right after a combined United Nations and Congolese power routed their rise up.
Since November, authorities in Kinshasa have claimed Uganda was allowing for M23 rebels to slip again into japanese Congo to re-start their rise up.
The most recent combating between the Congolese army, FARDC, and M23 rebels took position from Monday to Wednesday in Rutshuru territory in DRC’s North Kivu province, near to Bunagana, a town on the border with Uganda.
A DRC armed service formal, Captain Guillaume Djike, told Reuters that Congo troops had killed sixteen and captured five rebel fighters in the clashes.
He claimed they “succeeded in thwarting” the attack by the rebels who “arrived from Uganda and they returned from where by they arrived.”
Last month Uganda claimed it had intercepted dozens of rebel group users who were being en route to Congo from a camp where by they settled right after their 2013 defeat.
Officials vowed not to enable the fighters start incursions into Congo from Uganda.
Karemire denied the rebels who staged this week’s assault had come from Uganda: “You can find no proof these men and women arrived from Uganda… We don’t export fighters to the DRC.”
A rebel resurgence in japanese DRC is noticed as yet another destabilizing growth for Congo, which has already been rocked by incumbent President Joseph Kabila’s refusal to go away office environment since his expression expired in December.
Far more instability could spark a wider conflict in a multiethnic location that has noticed many years of war.
Kabila’s government has told the United Nations that a re-emergence of the M23 rise up would endanger a deal with the opposition intended to direct to a presidential election this calendar year.
(Supplemental reporting by Aaron Ross in Kinshasa Editing by Hugh Lawson)