Johannesburg – Yesterday evening M23 advanced in the north direction of capital Goma. A number of refugees fleeing to the neighbouring countries increased as reports of fighting between United Nations helicopters in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo mount after new clashes broke out between rebel fighters and loyalist troops, officials have said.

While speaking to Aljazeera, Major Olivier Hamuli, the army spokesman for Nord Kivu province, said fighting erupted after rebels attacked army positions around Rugari and Kimumba, about 30 kilometres north of Goma.

Rwanda’s Foreign Minister and Government Spokesperson today expressed outrage at continued targeting of Rwandans in the DRC following the detention and torture of four Rwandans at Camp Katindo, a Congolese army facility.
Minister Mushikiwabo said:” This is an extremely serious incident – we have confirmation that one of the tortured Rwandans has died. We have asked the Government of the DRC to ensure that the mistreatment of Rwandan citizens stops immediately”

In addition to that she also said that Rwanda had brought this case to the urgent attention of the Joint Verification Team and warned against the resurgence of hate speech “We have learned before that hate speech has consequences; that reckless political rhetoric costs lives. It is something our region must not be forced to endure again”

What is not clearly is whether what Louise Mushikiwabo claim is indeed true or just an attempt to paint a bad image for the government of Congo, after falling out with Congo regime. This revelation came after the Gov of Congo allegedly accused Rwanda of supporting the M23militally as well as financial support.

JD Mwiseneza