Anytime soon, gun fire and heavy bombing is expected between Monusco forces and rebels that mantain heavy control of massive parts of Walikale and Masisi in North Kivu Province of Democratic Republic of Congo.
Monusco said it had deployed its second battalion of Indian peacekeepers on a mobile combat patrol in Pinga since Wednesday with the aim of protecting civilians in this area highly infested by armed groups.
Of recent the armed groups have raided homes, looted and killed dozens of civilians and later fleeing into the jungles and mountains without any follow-up from the Congolese military FARDC.
Sources in Pinga say that members of an armed group Nduma Defense of Congo-Rénové (NDC- Rénové) under the command of a notorious warlord Guidon Shimiray Mwissa, organized ceremony in Pinga to end the training of its 250 newly recruited fighters.
It is these same fighters that are resistant to demobilization calls and are reportedly deployed in the Masisi and Rutshuru territories. These fighters reportedly clash regularly against the Nyatura and the Rwandan FDLR rebels.
Since December 2015, the NDC- Rénové militia said they were waging an offensive against FDLR and their allied armed groups, both Congolese and foreign, in North Kivu, causing displacements.
According to Congolese security sources, the violence has claimed hundreds of people.
During the last polls of December 30th, in Masisi, according to the UN, NDC- Rénové rebels took control of several polling stations to force voters to vote for pro-Kabila coalition candidates. Activists filmed them without their knowledge.
Warlord Guidon Shimiray Mwissa is sanctioned by the UN and is a former FARDC officer. He is accused of summary executions, rapes, forced and massive population displacements, illegal tax collection and illegal exploitation of mineral resources.