The M23 is purportedly in charge of the Goma-Rushuru route!
Unnamed trader from Bunagana recently said to Radio Okapi that M23 rebels are secretly keeping an eye on the Goma-Rutshuru road, despite the fact that it appears the Ugandan army is doing so from a location 20 kilometers to the west of Bunagana City. The trader went on to add that M23 Soldiers, who are dressed in civilian clothes, patrol the road every day, day and night, and that M23 is the organization that is in charge of collecting taxes from all trucks that transport products.
“The M23 hasn’t changed, and it still governs the Rutshuru-Goma road,” he declared. Nothing has changed since the EAC forces arrived since every time I transit my goods through M23, M23 is where I pay taxes, and at the Bunagana border, M23 is where the taxes are collected.
Although the M23 group claims to have fled and it looks that the EAC Army has moved into these areas, according to information corroborated by the military and the DRC Government, the M23 combatants are claimed to be in possession of all strategically significant places, including the Goma-Rutshuru road. Lt Col Constant Ndima, the governor and director of military operations for North Kivu Province, declared on April 22, 2023, that M23 is lying about having bases in these locations despite having fled. M23 and EAC forces refute the accusation, calling it a rumor given that M23 has already evacuated many places in Rutshuru and Masisi regions. No cars are currently permitted to enter the recently liberated M23 region unless they are being accompanied by the EAC Community Forces, who have continued to maintain control of these areas.