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Congolese Take to the Streets Protesting Presence of Riek’s Forces

September 24, 2016 | No comment
Congolese protest presence of Riek forces.

Congolese have taken to streets in towns near Goma to protest relocation of Riek’s forces to their towns. UN relocated the rebel fighters to Mubambiro, Sake and Munigi.

The protesters in the town of Sake, 27km northwest of Goma said they do not want the South Sudanese after they were moved there. Also in Munigi, 10km north of Goma, there were protests with the citizens there saying they have given UN 72 hours to remove the rebels from their town.

Early this month the United Nations peacekeeping mission (Monusco) in the Democratic Republic of the Congo admitted the extraction of over 700 Riek Machar rebel fighters in Congo.

On 17 August, Riek Machar, his wife Angelina Teny and son, along with 10 aides, were extracted from a location inside the Garamba National Park.

More than 100 armed individuals loyal to Machar, found “in extremely bad shape” after crossing into DRC last month, were evacuated by helicopter by the peacekeepers from the park on humanitarian grounds between 24 August and 1 September.

The UN confirmed on 13 September it was continuing to extract these individuals from the park in Haut Uélé province, in north eastearn DRC, at the request of the Congolese authorities.

[The National Courier/Talk of Juba]