1500 M23 Rebels Surrender to Uganda

November 7, 2013 2:09 pm0 comments by:



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Kampala-A group of 1500 M23 rebels including their leader Col. Sultan Makanga has surrendered to Uganda.

The group crossed from the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo into the South-western Ugandan district of Kisoro this morning.

Lt. Col Paddy Ankunda told the Continent Observer that the group crossed the border into Uganda early this morning and surrendered to the Ugandan army with their weapons.

Ankunda says the Ugandan army is currently registering members of the group at a undisclosed location in Kisoro district.

Ankunda who declined to confirm whether Col. Sultan Makanga is among those who surrendered says Uganda is first interested in registering the rebels before deciding on their fate.

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.

If Col. Sultan Makanga’s surrender to Uganda is confirmed, it might be the end to the group and the fighting in eastern DRC.

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 if confirmed may mark an end to the M23 rebellion.

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