More than 100 people are believed to have been killed in the weekend clashes between M23 rebels and Congolese government forces.
The battle over Mutaho area, 10 Kilometers from Goma in North Kivu
Province broke out at about 2:00pm Congolese local time and stopped at
9:30pm. The gun battle is said to have claimed several causalities.
Lambert Mende, the Congolese government spokesperson alleges that
government forces killed more than 100 M23 rebels and captured 12
others. He also says that they lost 7 government soldiers in the battle.
Mende accuses the rebels of trying to disrupt the deployment of the
United Nations intervention Brigade in areas near their control.
However, Amani Kabashe, the Civilian spokesperson of the M23 rebels has
rubbished claims that they lost more than 100 men in the clash. He
accuses government of peddling lies to show the World that the situation
is under control. Kabashe instead claims that they inflicted heavy
damage on the government troops but couldn’t say how many soldiers they
He also accused the Kinshasa government of targeting Kinyarwanda
speaking Congolese and executing them. Kabashe accuses the Kabila
government of failing to find a lasting solution to the problems in the
country and instead focused on militarizing the country. He says ever
since they withdrew from Goma, the rebels are now convinced that the
Kabila government is not committed to peace talks.
He asks the Congolese government to show commitment to peace talks
and consider finding a peaceful solution to the problems of the country,
which are political instead of resorting to war.