Uganda Says it Won’t Handover Gen. Sultan Makanga

November 8, 2013 4:50 pm0 comments by:

SONY DSCKampala-Uganda says it will not handover to the Democratic Republic of Congo, the renagade M23 rebel commander Gen. Sultan Makanga.
Gen. Makanga the leader of the M23 rebels in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo yesterday surrendered to the Ugandan military together with 1500 of his fighters.
Makanga crossed from the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo and surrendered to the Ugandan military in the South-western district of Kisoro.
Ofwono Opondo the Uganda Government Spokesperson, says Uganda will only handover Gen. Maknga if a peace deal is reached between the M23 rebels and the Congolese Government.
Ofwono says the Congolese Government has to first append its signature to the Kampala peace agreement.
The M23 rebels have been carrying out negoatiations with Congolese Government delegates in Kampala. The negotations were however abandoned when fighting flarred up between the DRC Government and the M23 rebels.
Uganda’s Army Spokesperson, Lt. Col Paddy Ankunda told the Continent Observer on Thursday that the Ugandan army was registering members of the group at a undisclosed location in Kisoro district.
Both the Democratic Republic of Congo and the United Nations insist that the M23′s top commanders will not get amnesty.
Uganda has been hosting peace talks between the rebels and the DR Congo government but the Spokesperson of the Congolese Government Lambert Mende, this week said that they will not sign an accord with the M23 rebels.
The M23 has wrought havoc across eastern DR Congo since it began its insurgency in April 2012.
DRC Government with the help of Tanzanian and South African troops have retaken all the territory that the group was controlling in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo.
Its fighters are mostly from the Tutsi ethnic group, a minority in eastern DR Congo but with ties to Rwanda’s leaders.
The surrender of Col. Sultan Makanga may mark an end to the M23 rebellion.

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