Ugandan security forces have deployed heavily on the eastern border with Congo, following heavy fighting between rebels and the Congo government forces.
By press time, business at the border town of Bunagana was at a standstill as traffic was not allowed to proceed beyond the border point. Only displaced civilians were allowed to enter Uganda. Congo’s North Kivu province has been swept by violence since March, after hundreds of rebels defected from the army in support of a rebellious general, Bosco Ntaganda, who is wanted by the International Criminal Court for suspected war crimes.
Security agencies said the army was partnering with the counterterrorism Police unit to ensure that the violence does not spill into Uganda. By 8:00am, yesterday, heavily armed Ugandan security officials were patrolling a stretch of about 15km from Nteko, through Bwindi forest to Mugahinga National Park.