DRC: M23 rebels capture Bunagana border post, Uganda dismiss accusations of helping them

By Musinguzi Blanshe, in Kampala
Posted on Monday, 13 June 2022 16:46

United Nations Organization Stabilization Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (MONUSCO) peacekeepers patrol areas affected by the recent attacks by M23 rebels fighters near Rangira in North Kivu in the east of the Democratic Republic of Congo, 29 March 2022. REUTERS/Djaffar Sabiti

The Democratic Republic of Congo-based Mouvement du 23 Mars (M23) rebels captured Bunagana border post on the morning of Monday 13 June, forcing Congolese soldiers and police to run into Uganda for safety. The DRC accuses Rwanda of supporting the rebels, and after the capture of the border post, there were online reports that Ugandan soldiers also aided the rebels. Army officials in Kampala have dismissed those claims.

Bunagana border, which connects Uganda’s Kisoro district in the south-west part of the country to the DRC’s Rushuru, North Kivu Province, is located 70km north-east of Goma.

Fighting between M23 rebels and Forces Armées de la République Démocratique du Congo (FARDC) soldiers intensified on Sunday 12 June and throughout the night. The rebels, who resumed fighting in May, emerged victorious. They briefly captured the same border post in 2013.