Sources close to M23 Congolese rebellion inform AfroAmerica Network that Rwandan Defense Forces, M23 troops and one of their allied militia, the Mai-Mai Raia Mutomboki, have progressed westward and have reached the city of Walikale on their way to Kisangani. They attacked the city of Walikale late Monday July 16, 2012 and early morning of July 17, 2012 sending the residents into the bushes.
The city of Walikale is a hub between South Kivu, North Kivu and Maniema. It is the capital of a large territory, an almost no-man land between the three provinces. Until recently the territory was the bastion of Rwandan rebels of FDLR. With the latest attack from the coalition of Rwandan Defense Forces, M23 troops and Rai-Mutomboki, the FDLR commander General Mudacumura has abandoned his headquarters and fled along with most of his troops and the dependents. His whereabouts are unknown.
By early afternoon of July 17, 2012, the Rwandan Defense Forces, M23, and Rai-Mutomboki had blocked the road from Walikale to Kisangani and are believed to be reorganizing for their march on Kisangani.
The FARDC troops present in Walikale have also abandoned their positions, especially their stronghold of Kampala, along with weapons and equipments and fled to the bushes with the local population.
Other sources within M23 and their allies inform AfroAmerica Network that General Ruhorimbere (see our articles: General Bosco Ntaganda Moving troops to Ituri and Masisi of April 29, 2012, and Kivu Insurgency: PARECO and FARDC Deserters Take Up Arms Against FARDC and Rwandan Troops of February 16, 2012) , the FARDC commander in North Kivu, in Beni and Butembo areas is about to officially defect. General Ruhorimbere is from the ex-CNDP, the parent of M23, which is a proxy militia of the Rwandan Government. He allegedly is waiting for the pay for his troops before he defects.
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