Fighting escalates in Eastern Congo as dissertation continues

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By Josephine Lukoya& Robert Mugabe

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Following the violence escalating in Eastern Congo Last weekend and Monday, when the National army FARDC attacked disasters camp in Gitchanga under Col. Zimulinda, in ravage mission deserters ambushed and killed colonels.

Three other senior officers of the Armed Forces of DRC (FARDC) have deserted the ranks the last weekend in North Kivu, despite the recent warning from the military authorities. Among them, Colonel Mutoni, commander of the 1st Battalion of the 812th brigade based in Ngungu, southeast of the center-Masisi.

Col Mutoni defected Sunday, April 22 with his men and joined Kitshanga, west of Goma, Masisi territory, where are concentrated most deserters with Col Zimulinda.

A second battalion would nevertheless keep its position in Ngungu, according to local sources.

The second officer is Colonel Ngaruye Baldwin, who commanded the third operating segment, deployed in South Kivu. According to military sources, Colonel Ngaruye, which was to join his new position of affection in Mwenga, Saturday, April 21, did not appear.

He then allegedly went to Kitshanga, carrying about 40,000 U.S. dollars for its installation to pay his troops.

Friday, April 20, it was Colonel Innocent Nzimulinda, former commander of the 811th regiment, which, too, joined the other deserters in Masisi. Both officers had yet to be heard a week ago by a disciplinary committee in Goma.

Notably, Masisi residents are happy with former CNDP troops who desertered the army since they were not informed how CNDP that enjoyed their mass support joined the National army.

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