Uganda’s Chief of Defence forces General Aronda Nyakairima has been tasked to coordinate the withdrawal of M23 rebels from the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo city of Goma.
The rebels who seized the city last Tuesday were ordered to withdraw by Monday 26th November by Regional leaders meeting in Kampala over the weekend.
The leaders who included DRC’s Joseph Kabila, Uganda’s Yoweri Kaguta Museveni, Tanzania’s Jakaya Kikwete were meeting to try and find a lasting solution to the crisis in the DRC in the wake of rebels advance and threat to march onto Kinshasa.
Meanwhile another leader of the M23 rebels Colonel Sultani Makenga is said to be on his way to Kampala at the invitation of Aronda Nyakairima. UPDF Army spokesman Colonel Felix Kulayigye could not confirm although he hinted at the possibility.
“I am not aware of his arrival but i wouldnt be surprised if he were here beacuse meetings have been going on and since Aronda has been tasked to coordinate the withdrawal from Goma, he would need to talk to him (Makenga)” Kulayigye said.
Uganda and Rwanda have been accused by a UN report of aiding the rebels in the DRC although the two countries deny the allegations.
This follows a meeting between President Joseph Kabila and the political head of the rebel group over the weekend. However the congolese government said it would not have face to face talks with the rebels until they have pulled out of Goma city.
The U.S and UN early this month imposed a travel ban on Sultani Makenga in addition to freezing all his assets.