50 M23 rebels surrender, Ugandan civilians injured
Posted Friday, November 1 2013 at 02:00
KISORO- About 52 M23 rebels handed themselves to the Ugandan authorities after their Bunagana base was repossessed by the DR Congo government forces.
With the help of the United Nations peacekeeping force, the DRC was able reclaim the base after heavy fighting that left dozens of civilians and rebels seriously injured.
The Kisoro Resident District Commissioner, Hajj Mustafa Doka Ahamed, yesterday said 11 Congolese nationals and nine Ugandans are admitted at Kisoro Hospital.
This was after a Congolese helicopter gunship shelled on them as they ran away from gun fire at Bunagana on the Ugandan side.
“We received 52 M23 rebels as they ran away from gun fire and 26 police men. We handed them over to the UPDF Kisoro detach for further management. Twenty two civilians are also admitted to Kisoro Hospital. Some even lost their limbs,” Hajj Doka said.
Hajj Doka also said about 50 motor vehicles and 100 motorcycles used by the M23 rebels were abandoned at Bunagana border town in Uganda and they are waiting for the Congolese government officials to take control before handing over the abandoned vehicles.
He also said the Ugandan border is still officially closed as they await communication from Kampala on when it will be opened.
One of the Ugandan victims, Ms Angella Twagiraneza, asked the United Nations and the Congolese government to compensate them for the injuries they sustained in their own country.
“The UN and the Congolese government are to blame for the injuries we sustained.
“We need compensation for the permanent injuries on our bodies because some people lost legs and arms. Why should they shoot at us when we are not in their country,” Ms Twagiraneza said.