Fierce fighting in rebel-held DRC town

2012-11-22 15:47

Accra - Fighting broke out in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo town of Sake on Thursday between M23 rebels and government troops reportedly supported by militias, prompting many civilians to flee the area.

Sake is located about 30km west of Goma, the regional capital of North Kivu province that was taken by M23 rebels earlier this week.

"People told me that there is fighting now in Sake ... it is the [DRC army] FARDC mixed with Mai Mai fighters against M23," Jonas Habimana, a member of the charity World Vision, said from Goma.

UN refugee agency staff Simplice Kpandji, speaking from Kinshasa, confirmed that there was fighting in Sake, adding that "people are fleeing to come into Goma".

Since the beginning of the fighting in mid-November, about 100 000 people have fled to the regional capital, he said.

Rich in natural resources

M23 rebels on Tuesday seized control of Goma from government troops backed by UN peacekeepers after days of fighting. The rebels are fighting for control of the east of the country, which is rich in natural resources.

The rebels in Goma have asked people to join them in their fight against President Joseph Kabila's government in Kinshasa.

Uganda, the Democratic Republic of Congo and Rwanda's leaders late on Wednesday called on the M23 rebels to retreat from Goma.

Rwanda and Uganda have been accused of supporting the M23, which was founded this year by former rebels who had been integrated into the army in 2009 and now claim the government has failed to uphold its commitments under the peace deal.

  • hermann.hanekom - 2012-11-22 16:31

    Somewhere during the 1970s Mobutu said in a interview with Paris Match "Before me there was chaos and after me there will be chaos again." How right he was.

      Mpadu - 2012-11-23 05:09

      Mobutu was not a secretary general of God. he destroyed DRC

      adrianverasmus - 2012-11-23 05:44

      That is true, at least Mobutu would have mobilised his forces and march into Kigali and kicked Kagame's butt himself. It is so sad that this most beautiful part of Africa must suffer the strife.

  • DrGonzoSA - 2012-11-22 16:33

    Don't forget that there was chaos when he was there as well

  • jabu.phakula.1 - 2012-11-22 16:33

    its time for our sa troops to come home than dieing for mahala

      buzz.burger.5 - 2012-11-22 18:37


  • scholesss - 2012-11-22 17:53

    Mr President neeed to step save peoples lives....and declare free and fair election...

  • Murhula Karholo Steven - 2012-11-22 18:10

    when the country is under fire, the president is partying outside. one day is one day. enough is enough.

  • kamwijoem - 2012-11-22 22:38

    Africa! Africa! We should allow for dialogue without UN influence. For me, the situation is all about centralised governance. Why not decentralise? Africa needs to move on and allow for freedoms of expression, speech,assembly, etc. It's not about the central goverment.

  • thierry.kirikiri - 2012-11-23 18:14

    Its all about Britain and USA protecting and backing Rwanda against sanction in the UN, Britain has invested a lots of money in Uganda who is accused of meidling in Congo and they want petrol from the lake in Congo rwanda want Coltan cellphone again! where is the lifes of 8000000-00 congolese who died since the invasion 1997????? no one care s UN must go home the $1,5 billion a year send back to country who contribute Africa we don't need them! But one day someone has to pay for all the blood shed!

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