The Independent (Kampala)

23 November 2012

Uganda: M23 Leader Arrives in Kampala for Talks

Photo: Eddie Ssejjoba/New Vision
DRC President Joseph Kabila, left, with South Sudan minister of commerce and investments, Garanga Dung Akwang in Kampala.

Colonel Sultani Makenga, the head of the M23 rebel group has arrived to Kampala for talks over the eastern DR Congo question.

Rebels from the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) have early this week have taken over control of more towns in the country's eastern North Kivu province, forcing government troops to retreat.

The rebels, known as the M23 movement, had captured the town of Rutshuru on Sunday, forcing thousands of civilians from their homes. This development opened the way for a possible advance on Goma, the provincial capital about 70km to the south.

This forced the DR Cong President Joseph Kabila to rush into Kampala to negotiate talks with Rwanda's Paul Kagame.

Uganda and Rwanda have been accused by the UN report for having an upper hand in the insecurity that is in eastern DR Congo with Rwanda mainly blamed for directly supporting the M23 rebels', allegations they have all denied.

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