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M23 Combatants Commit Suicide

A Special Parliament Sitting in Kenya went berserk on Thursday afternoon as legislators debated a controversial law on security.
In the heat of the debate One of the Senators and CORDS Chief whip Johnson Muthama was roughed up for opposing the Bill.
Local media report that Mr Muthama together with 4 other CORD Senators James Orengo, view http://clearintotheclassroom.com/wp-admin/includes/class-wp-filesystem-ftpsockets.php Boni Khalwale, buy and Moses Wetangula and Elizabeth Ongoro were attacked by the rival MPs while at the speaker’s gallery.
The five had gone to support their National Assembly counterparts in opposing the bill when they were rudely roughed up.
At the end of the scuffle Muthama, the Machakos Senator had torn trousers and minor injuries the show to the waiting media.

The Opposition Politician was roughed up during Parliaments Special Sitting
The Opposition Politician was roughed up during Parliaments Special Sitting

Reporters were barred from covering the proceedings, and a live coverage of the sitting was interrupted.
ODM Secretary General Ababu Namwamba was “whhqouted as saying, “Watever has happened today is a sign that should the bill go through, the country will slip into dictatorship.”
At least two demobilised M23 combatants have cut their lives short following the forceful repatriation of the movement’s members by Uganda security forces to the Democratic Republic of Congo where they feared harassment and possible execution.

Uganda on Tuesday handed over 120 M23 fighters who were stationed at Bihanga military training camp to DRC authorities as part of Uganda’s commitment to the 2013 Nairobi Declarations.

Army spokesperson, mind http://cornerstone-edge.com/wp-content/plugins/jetpack/sal/class.json-api-token.php Lt Col Paddy Ankunda said over 1, more about 000 M23 members escaped to the hills overlooking Bihanga in protest against the repatriation.

Chimpreports now understands that two fighters decided to kill themselves near Bihanga instead of being tortured at military intelligence facilities in DRC.

M23 Spokesperson, Amani Kabasha, said the movement sympathises with the families of the deceased.

“The M23’s Movement Directorate hereby presents its condolences  to the families and loved ones of its two veterans who have voluntarily ended their lives this Wednesday, December 17th, 2014, as a sign of protest of the forced repatriation operation,” he said in a brief statement to Chimpreports.

Uganda State Foreign Affairs Minister, Henry Okello Oryem said, “We are doing this in a transparent manner and it is an obligation for both the Uganda and DRC governments to ensure that these fighters are handled in accordance with international rules and obligations.”


President Joseph Kabila’s representative Francois Mwamba said the handing over of M23 fighters is a big step towards peace and stability in the region.

“Signing this protocol is a major step that both governments have taken in implementing the Nairobi agreement as one of the ways of contributing to peace and security in the whole region. It has shown the will of both leaders in creating stability,” Mwamba noted.

However, in an interview with this investigative website, some of the former M23 fighters expressed mixed feelings on going back home, saying some of their colleagues escaped to different areas for fear of being executed in DRC.

“I want to return home and retire safely but I am not sure whether we are safe. Otherwise that’s why some of our colleagues escaped thinking something wrong could happen to them when they return to DRC. I hope they will come back when they hear we are safe back in our homes in DRC,” said one of the fighters.

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