Uganda-Congo border closed amid protests over ADF attacks

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The Uganda-Congo border has been closed after protests by Congolese businessmen who are expressing displeasure at continued insecurity caused by Allied Democratic Forces [ADF] rebels.

Business, according to NTV, is still at a standstill at Mpondwe-Lhubiriha border.

Congolese traders in the town of Kasindi which borders with Mpondwe closed their shops in solidarity with fellow Congolese in Beni who are protesting against the “UN failure to protect” them against rebel attacks.

Daily Monitor reported that most of these traders who buy Ugandan goods have not crossed Ugandan border since Saturday.

The Spokesperson of MONUSCO Mathias Gillmann told Daily Monitor on Tuesday that the situation was calm following violent demonstrations on Monday.

Gillmann said the talks were still ongoing with the military leadership of the DRC and “we remain to support as much as possible within our mandate given to us by the [UN] Security Council”.

At least 27 people were killed by the rebels on Wednesday last week in Beni, bringing the number of deaths to 107 since November 5.

The Kasese Resident District Commissioner (RDC) Lt Joe Walusimbi told Monitor that he rushed to the border on Friday and held a meeting with the immigration department to see how the situation would be contained.

Lt Walusimbi who chairs the Kasese district security committee said they are on standby.

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