The M23 militia group has temporarily cut off key trade routes for Kenyan and Ugandan exports to Goma, in the Eastern Democratic Republic of Congo.
The situation comes after the capture of Rutshuru Town in Eastern DRC by the militia group, blocking the Ishasha border in Kanungu District.
The border point was the only option after the M23 militia captured the Bungana town and later streamlined their control to the Kitigoma and Busaza respectively in June.
Notably, Trucks carrying exports from Kenya and Uganda are still stuck at the Ishasha. The drivers say they have been there for more than one week.
Ambrose Amanyire Mwesigye the Kanungu Resident District Commissioner said some of the Truck drivers crossed into DRC but were told to return to Uganda by the authority.
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In a statement, Mwesigye also said that dozens of Cargo Trucks carrying exports from Kenya, Uganda, and other East African Countries have been parked at the Ishasha border for two weeks because the drivers got critical information that the M23 militia had captured the Kiwanja area where they had to pass before arriving in Goma.
Robert Tukamuhebwa, the Kisoro deputy Resident District Commissioner said that Uganda has since stopped operations of its Immigration and Customs offices.
The Democratic Republic of Congo’s ruling regime has also blocked goods Transported through areas under the control of the militia from accessing major towns in the country.