The Democratic Republic of Congo citizens have so far held demonstrations in the different parts of Congo for two weeks. The demonstrations have been escalated by Rwanda’s alleged support of the M23 rebel group in the democratic republic of Congo.
Only two days ago, the M23 rebel group took control of the Bunagana border which saw close to 100 soldiers and police officers that were manning the border post flee to Uganda. A few of them were injured during the battle and they are now undergoing treatment on the Ugandan side.
Today Uganda has sent back the soldiers and police officers that had fled to Uganda back to the Democratic Republic of Congo. However, are few of the soldiers who were injured are still undergoing treatment in Uganda. Upon the Democratic Republic of Congo ambassador to Uganda’s visit to the soldiers who were injured, he promised that the government of the democratic republic of Congo will meet all the medical bills.
In the last two days, the demonstrations escalated when the Democratic Republic of Congo citizens threatened to cross Rwanda via the Goma-Gisenyi border. A number of stones were seen thrown from the Democratic Republic of Congo in Rwanda at the Goma-Gisenyi border.
The demonstrators in the capital Kinshasha and other provinces of the Democratic Republic of Congo have been seen holding placards and banners with the following messages; “We have rejected the aggression of Rwanda in our Congo”.
Another banner with a photo of President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni and the flag of Uganda reads; “no to hypocritical agreements”. Another banner read, “We demand the end of UPDF, FARDC operations in Beni and Djugu”
The demonstrators go under the umbrella of civil society living forces of the Democratic Republic of Congo.
It should be noted that the demonstrations have come on the eve of the Democratic Republic of Congo joining the East African community where Uganda, Rwanda, and Burundi are some of the members.