Escaping Rebel M23 Combatants Captured in Mbarara


The Chieftaincy of Military Intelligence (CMI)  is investigating reports of increased movements of former M23 rebels in Uganda, tadalafil Chimp Corps report.

This comes against the backdrop of accusation by DRC government that hundreds of soldiers had sneaked back to DRC from Uganda before engaging Congolese forces in deadly battles .

Uganda Government spokesperson Ofwono Opondo on Thursday announced that several M23 combatants were seized as they escaped from the country.

“UPDF last night intercepted 101 former M23 rebels aboard vehicles in Mbarara escapism, ” said Opondo. He further stated that the fighters have since been detained at Makenke barracks.

The reports of M23 escaping from Uganda were this week dismissed as “diversionary” by State Minister for Foreign Affairs Henry Okello Oryem.

He said DRC government intended to shift public attention from the political crisis in Kinshasa. Deputy Army spokesperson Henry Obbo early this week dismissed the claims that the M23 are no longer at Bihanga Training School, which is a UPDF facility.

“We clarify that the group is in Bihanga as at the time of this mail,” he said. Reports that the M23 were moving in vehicles underscore the carefully planning behind this operation.


The movement led by Brig Sultan Makenga was defeated three years ago by a combined force of DRC and regional armies.

They fled to Uganda and Rwanda as they negotiated a peace settlement with DRC President Joseph Kabila. M23 accuse Kabila of reneging on his promise to allow them return to their country to compete for power politically.

Yesterday’s arrest comes only days after a batch of 6 semi automatic riffles were intercepted by border security while being sneaked into Uganda at the Uganda-DRC border in Kisoro District.

Although the people who were hiding the weapons in a car managed to escape, Police spokesperson Andrew Felix Kaweesi said they were investigating the likelihood that the M23 were behind this move.

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