Colonel Mamadou Moustapha Ndala, who led Congolese army soldiers on the front lines during their victory against the M23 rebels, was killed on Thursday in Beni, North Kivu province, during an ambush.
La signature d’un document qui était censé marquer la fin des pourparlers de paix de Kampala entre le gouvernement congolais et les rebelles vaincus du M23 a été reportée sine die lundi à Entebbe, en Ouganda, à cause d’un désaccord sur son contenu et son titre.
The signing of a document that was supposed to mark the end of peace talks between DR Congo’s government and the defeated M23 rebels was postponed indefinitely on Monday in Entebbe, Uganda, over a disagreement on its wording and title.
The Congolese government says it will not sign a “peace deal” with the M23 rebels now that they have been defeated. Information Minister and government spokesman Lambert Mende told reporters during a news conference in Kinshasa on Tuesday that there will only be a “statement.”
DR Congo’s army has recaptured Bunagana, the last major town that was still occupied by the M23 rebels in North Kivu province. The victory marks a turning point for eastern Congo, which has been plagued by unrest for more than a decade.
DR Congo’s army has liberated three major towns from the M23 rebels in a span of just three days. It is a dramatic fall for the M23 rebels, who have terrorized hundreds of thousands of civilians in eastern Congo for more than a year.
The M23 rebels are said to have fled from one of their main military base in North Kivu province. The Rumangabo military base was shelled by Congolese army attack helicopters on Wednesday. The airstrikes are said to have inflicted heavy losses to the M23 rebels, who did not expect such an attack.
North Kivu province Governor Julien Paluku has reassured residents of the eastern Congo city of Goma that it remains under the control of the Congolese army. He dismissed rumors that top government and military officials have fled the provincial capital towards Bukavu, in South Kivu province. Military officials in Goma vowed to defend the city against an attack by M23 rebels.
Les forces armées de la République démocratique du Congo ont repris le contrôle des localités de Masisi et Rutshuru, dans la province du Nord-Kivu, qui étaient occupées depuis quelques jours par des soldats mutins loyals au général Bosco Ntaganda.
The Congolese army has regained control of the areas of Masisi and Rutshuru, in North Kivu province, which were occupied last week by mutinous soldiers loyal to renegade general Bosco Ntaganda. DR Congo’s Army Chief of Staff, General Didier Etumba, said in a press release on Sunday that military operations against the “undisciplined” soldiers have been suspended.