Re-emergence of M23 and their potential role in the DRC

February 3, 2017

Official reports released from representatives of the Ugandan government reveal that over a hundred members of the M23 have fled from a camp in Uganda where they are being temporarily held. The former rebels had been detained in a camp in Uganda as a result of a deal signed by the rebel group M23 and the DRC government back in 2014. Signed by its political leader in 2014, the M23 document clearly affirmed the termination of M23 as a military rebel group. On the government’s part, the minister of State for Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Raymond Chibanda attested to the government’s efforts to ensure the demilitarization and demobilization of the M23. However recent reports indicate that members of the M23 have re-emerged in the eastern parts of the DRC. According to a statement released by a representative of the Ugandan government, Ugandan officials obstructed a group of rebels disguised as citizens making their way to the DRC. The re-emergence of members of the M23 could pose as a security threat for current President, Joseph Kabila. Members of Kabila’s administration fear that the members of M23 will contribute to already existing forms of political resistance against his rule and create additional upheaval in the country. 
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