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M23 President Appoints Admnistrative Leaders in North Kivu :: Uganda Radionetwork
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M23 President Appoints Admnistrative Leaders in North Kivu

In a statement released on Wednesday, Bisimwa has appointed Prince Mpambuka as the Administrator of Rutshuru territory.
Bertrand Bisimwa, M23 rebels' President addressing media in Bunagana town recently (Photo Credit Samuel Amanya)
The March 23 Movement (M23) President Bertrand Bisimwa has appointed administrative leaders in areas under rebel control in North Kivu Province. 

In a statement released on Wednesday, Bisimwa appointed Prince  Mpambuka as the   Administrator of  Rutshuru territory.   Mpambuka will be deputized by  Dr. Salomon Bolingo.   Désiré  Kanyamarere has been appointed as the Chief of  Bunagana town,  Julien Katembo as the chief of Kiwanja town, and  Célestin Maguru to head Rubare town.  

Desire Rukomera was appointed as the head of the Mobilization and Ideology Department, deputized by Pascal Uzamukunda and Jean-Louis Kulu. Lawrence Kanyuka has been appointed head of the Communication and Media department, deputized by Oscar Balinda. 

Others are Bahati Musanga who was appointed the head of the Finance and Production department and will be deputized by Jean-Bosco Mupenzi Nzabonimpa.   Bisimwa says that the appointments take immediate effect.       

The DRC government is yet to release a statement reacting to M23 appointments. 

The appointments come six days after M23 rebels admitted to the killing of two of their commanders in a drone strike of their position in Kitchanga, Masisi territory by Armed Forces of Democratic Republic of Congo (FARDC), militia coalition under their umbrella Wazalendo (Patriots) and troops under Southern African Development Community (SADC) troops.       

Meanwhile, the situation remains volatile on the fronts. On Wednesday morning at around 8:00 am, heavy fighting between two parties happened in the town of Mweso in Rutshuru territory.  FARDC/SADAC and the Wazalendo coalition simultaneously attacked M23 rebels’ positions in Kanyamahore and Gaza. 

This caused displacement of civilians as sounds of light and heavy weapons were heard. 

On Wednesday, Lawrence Kanyuka, M23 political spokesperson released a statement claiming that M23 on Tuesday shot down one of the FARDC Combat drones. He also accused troops of the United Nations Organization Stabilization Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (MONUSCO) of continuously using its surveillance drones to collect and transmit information on the positions and activities of the M23 to FARDC and coalition forces.   

MONUSCO is yet to respond to the accusations.  In March 2022, M23 led by Bertrand Bisimwa and General Sultan Makenga launched a war against the government.  

The DR Congo government accuses Rwanda of backing M23, but Rwanda and M23 strongly deny it.  The rebels claim to fight against bad leadership in DR Congo based on corruption, xenophobia, and discrimination.