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Congolese Protestors Block Bunagana Border Post :: Uganda Radionetwork

Congolese Protestors Block Bunagana Border Post

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Residents of North Kivu province in the democratic Republic of Congo have blocked the Bunagana-Goma highway protesting against the persistent fighting in the area.
Protesters chanting anti-war slogans said fighting between Congolese government forces and rebels loyal to dissident Laurent Nkunda has cost them a lot of suffering.
Heavy fighting flared up again on Tuesday after the rebels attempted to blow up the up Rwakuba Bridge which links up the northern province of Kivu to Uganda.
They protesters said the fighting has denied hundreds of Congolese their right to a decent life in their own country.
Armed with heavy boulders and pieces of wood, the angry protestors took to the streets and blocked a 10 kilometer stretch of road to Bunagana border post.
The Kisoro Resident District Commissioner, David Masereka, says some Congolese protestors also forced their way to Bunagana Border post, overpowered the soldiers at the border post and pulled down the Congolese flag.
A Congolese Captain attached to the 9th Brigade has been injured seriously after he attempted to stop protesters.
The early morning protests have brought business at Bunagana border post to a stand still.
Immigration and customs offices at the Border Post have been closed, leaving many trucks in transit to Congo stranded at the border. Security has been stepped up on the Ugandan side to control a possible spill over of violence.
The Rushuru sector Bigade Commander in the democratic republic of Congo, Colonel Smith Gahenga, whose forces are fighting the rebels, has described today's protests as unwarranted. He says the protesters should remain calm as the Congolese government negotiates a deal with the rebels.
The United Nations keeping forces in Eastern Congo's North Kivu province put up a buffer zone between Congolese government forces and rebels loyal to Laurent Nkunda, to pave way for a second attempt to a peaceful negotiation.

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