Democratic Republic of Congo orginated movement, M23, has refuted reports that the outfit’s military commander, Brigadier Sultan Makenga, has escaped from Uganda.
Following the yesterday allegations of North Kivu Governor Julien Paluku that Makenga had vanished and that Ugandan security services are not aware about his whereabouts, the M23 political leader Bertrand Bisiimwa reveals the truth.
In an interview with Chimpreports, Bisiimwa said; “When Makenga reads such reports; he is laughing..; Makenga is at his house here in Kampala; ignore those rumours.”
Bisiimwa said Paluku was employing diversionary tactics because he has nothing to tell his people and he added that guy (Paluku) will always use M23 to divert people’s attention from issues that affect them. “He will blame us for every wrong thing there.”
Asked to comment on Makenga’s health, Bisiimwa observed: “He is okay. He is in good health.”
Ugandan Defence officials were worried of commenting on the story, saying it would give undue attention to Paluku’s allegations.
M23 accuse the DRC government of reneging on its commitment to address the plight of the people of Eastern Congo including resettlement of refugees, extension of social services and creating a conducive atmosphere to allow political parties freely contest for power.
The movement, which was defeated by a combined force of troops from Tanzania, Malawi, DRC and South Africa, further lays blame on Kabila’s government for torturing and killing M23 members who voluntarily returned to their home country after the war.