Museveni Orders Deployment of Armed-Forces at Uganda Border

President Yoweri Museveni has ordered for the deployment of heavily-armed soldiers and tanks at the Uganda border with Democratic Republic of Congo following fresh fights between the DRC Army and the M23 rebels.


During the heavy fighting on Monday morning, the bomb shells landed into Kisoro district injuring several people.

Congolese soldiers rest while being deployed against the M23 rebels near Bunagana, north of Goma. (Photo by REUTERS/Kenny Katombe)

At least four people are confirmed dead from the bombshells, several injured and others in critical conditions at Kisoro Referral Hospital.



The Uganda People’s Defence Forces (UPDF) Spokesperson Lt Col Paddy Ankunda also confirmed that several people have been injured by the bombshells.


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In response, President Museveni has this afternoon ordered the Chief of Defence Forces, Gen Katumba Wamala to dispatch 1,000 heavily-armed soldiers and armored tanks to the border with Congo.


Reuters also reports that the international envoys have called upon both sides to cease fire and allow a peace deal to take hold.


The DRC Army claims the rebels of shelling the frontier town of Bunagana, however, the rebels say they were ready to sign a peace deal but they were attacked with heavy weapons.


“This is not fighting, it is bombs launched by M23 targeting the population of Bunagana,” Congo army spokesman Colonel Olivier Hamuli told Reuters reporter by phone.


“They are targeting civilians.”


Meanwhile, more Congolese refugees have entered Uganda fleeing the M23 rebels.