Five more M23 Rebels Intercepted in Kisoro

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Hajji Shafique Ssekandi, the Kisoro Resident District Commissioner, says the rebels are being held together with their colleagues at Kisoro Police Station as investigations continue. He says the fighters will be relocated to Bihanga Military Training School today.

Security has intercepted five more M23 combatants in Kisoro District on their way to the Democratic Republic of Congo. They are Sergeant Eric Murezeru and Captains Rogers Kumbwirana, Feresian Musabyimana, Hategeka Nyiroyonsanga, and Patrick Mugisa.
 
 
The five were intercepted at Kanaba along Kabale-Kisoro road at around 1:30am on Saturday. Charles Okoto, the Kisoro District Police Commander, M23 combatants were aboard a Horizon Bus on their way to Kisoro District.

 
He says security was tipped by other passengers on the bus after failing to recognize the language the rebels were using.
 

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Hajji Shafique Ssekandi, the Kisoro Resident District Commissioner, says the rebels are being held together with their colleagues at Kisoro Police Station as investigations continue. He says the fighters will be relocated to Bihanga Military Training School today.
 
 
The rebels declined to speak to the media. On January 18th 2017, a combined team including the Uganda Police and Uganda People's Defense Forces (UPDF) intercepted 53 M23 rebels in Mbarara heading to DRC.
 
 
They were detained at Makenke Barracks near Mbarara town. The group was sent back to Bihanga Military Training school in Ibanda district on Sunday. The combatants are part of 270 former rebels who were confined at Bihanga Military Training School following their defeat by the DRC government forces in 2014, which pushed them into Uganda. 



On January 19th, government spokesperson, Ofwono Opondo revealed that the combatants were stealthily leaving their gazetted place of abode contrary to the Agreement of 2014 and the protocols signed with the DRC Government. 




About two weeks ago, the DRC government claimed that a group of M23 fighters had crossed from Uganda into DRC where they are trying to regroup. Security has also linked the seven guns recovered in Kisoro district last week to M23 rebels. 
 

At the peak of the DRC conflict, M23 rebels took over the North Kivu capital of Goma but were defeated by the United Nations intervention brigade and the Congolese army.  
 

 

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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.