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Uganda to Deploy 1,000 soldiers in DRC Under EAC Force

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The Ugandan army announced on Friday that it has lined up 1,000 soldiers scheduled for deployment this month in neighbouring Democratic Republic of Congo.

The troops are due to deploy to several areas of North Kivu currently occupied by the M23 said Colonel Mike Walaka Hyeroba said in a video recording shared with local press.

He also noted that Ugandan troops would deploy in eastern DRC by the end of the month, as part of the EAC force.

Ugandan troops will be deployed to several areas of North Kivu currently occupied by the M23, Colonel Mike Walaka Hyeroba said.

It should be noted that Ugandan troops are already present in eastern DRC as part of a joint mission with the Congolese army to fight the Allied Democratic Forces, another militant group ravaging the region.

Kenyan EAC soldiers are already deployed in some areas of North Kivu, although locals increasingly view their presence with suspicion as the M23 has continued fighting.

Burundian forces are also deploying to territory west of North Kivu’s capital Goma, and South Sudan announced that it would dispatch 750 troops to the region in late December.

The M23 fighters took up arms again in late 2021 and have since captured chunks of North Kivu and their continued advance threatens to cut off all roads to Goma, a trade hub of over one million people that lies on the Rwandan border.

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