Goma authorities under panic of M23 takeover rumours

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By Robert Mugabe&Josephine Lukoya

Roadblocks are in place starting from Katindo in Goma town, UN troops patrols have been beefed up with tanks, DRC regular army, are seen every place of the town on foot patrols and UN helicopters are flying over the town, however, some business operators have closed down their shops, Great Lakes Voice reports

Rumours going over Goma town are that Goma is to fall under Movement of March 23 rebels. The city of Goma in North Kivu is currently under the control of the Armed Forces of the Democratic Republic of Congo (FARDC), who are alert of M23 invasion during the weekend

The spokesman of the army in the province, Colonel Olivier Hamuli yesterday, called calm to the residents of Goma town and assured them of security.

He called on residents to attend freely about their business and not rely on rumors about the city fell to the rebels of the Movement of March 23 (M23).

Colonel Olivier Hamuli also indicated that steps are taken by the authorities to secure the city of Goma.  The two warring parties observed a lull since Sunday, July 29 on the front lines.

The M23 occupies the towns of Rugari, Rumangabo, Kalengera, Rubare, Rutshuru – Central and Kiwanja north of Goma, the capital of the province, while the army controls Kibati, Kibumba and its surroundings, said Colonel Olivier Hamuli.

The city of Bunagana border post between DRC and Uganda, has become one of the main bastions of the M23

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