Allied Democratic Forces-ADF rebels have taken over Mamundioma and Totolito towns in North Kivu province in the Democratic Republic of Congo following three days of intense clashes with government forces. The town fell under the ADF rebel control on Sunday after Congolese government forces reportedly made a tactical withdraw from the battle front. Mamundioma and Totolito towns are located 45 kilometers northeast of Beni.
Colonel Richard Bisamaza, the Acting Commander of the 1st sector of the Congolese government forces says that during the clashes they killed 14 ADF rebels and lost four men. Bisamaza claims that they withdrew from the battle front to minimize civilian causalities caught up in the clashes. He however, says that they have embarked on plans to recapture the town from the rebels and secure residents and their property.Bisamaza claims that the ADF were backed by Alshabaab fighters in their three days clashes with government forces.
Our reporter was unable to establish contact with the ADF rebel to comment about their victory. This is not the first time the Congolese government forces has lost territory to rebel fighters. Mid last year, Congolese forces lost territory to M23 rebels near the Uganda –Congo Border including a crossing point at Bunagana near Kisoro district. The DRC government forces are yet to capture the area from the rebel forces. The Allied Democratic Forces is a Ugandan rebel group, whose fighters dispersed into the DRC after government attacked its bases.
The group that was established in the 1990’s has slowly been regrouping.