The insecurity in the Eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC)
could hinder the tarmacking of 223-kilometre roads.
In June, President Yoweri Museveni and Congolese President Felix
Tshisekedi launched the tarmacking of 997 kilometres Mpondwe-Beni road, 181
Kilometre Goli-Beni road and 89 Kilometre Bunagana-Rutchuru-Goma road to boost
the economy between the two countries.
The government will inject about 243.7 Billion Shillings towards
tarmacking the roads. But, the Eastern part of DRC is facing insurgencies by
rebel and militia groups like Allied Democratic Forces (ADF), Mai
Mai, Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Rwanda, FDLR-Nyantura
coalition and Cooperative for the Development of the Congo CODECO, a
militia group commanded by Bernard Kakado and Justin Ngudjolo among
On Sunday, an unknown rebel group clashed with the Congolese
government army in Rutshuru territory, North Kivu Province. Heavy
fighting happened in the villages of Chanzu and Runyoni in Rutshuru territory,
about 25 kilometres from the border with Uganda forcing thousands of Congolese
nationals in the affected area to flee into Uganda through Bunagana and other
porous borders in Kisoro district.
The Minister for Information and Communications Technology (ICT)
and National Guidance, Chris Baryomunsi explains that the recent attacks may
cause disruptions to the progress of the road works. Baryomunsi however says that the government is
ready to provide adequate security to the contractor.
According to Baryomunsi, officials will keep on monitoring the situation
and in case the insecurity persists, the government will halt the project until
the situation normalizes.
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Baryomunsi, however, says that the Ugandan government is holding
diplomatic meetings with the Congolese government to forge means of how security
can be restored in Eastern DRC.
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At least 11,000 people fled into Uganda through Bunagana and
Kibaya borders in Kisoro district following the Sunday and Monday fighting in
Rutshuru. The affected people started returning home on Tuesday afternoon after
calm had been restored in the affected villages.