M23 rebels vow to take Congo, as troops defect
GOMA, Congo (AP) -- Thousands of Congolese soldiers and policemen defected to the M23 rebels Wednesday, as rebel leaders vowed to take control of all Congo, including the capital Kinshasa.
M23 Col. Vianney Kazarama said the rebels will seized all of Congo to cheers from thousands of Goma residents who gathered to watch army and police turn in their weapons.
Kazarama said the M23 rebels' next goal is Bukavu, the capital of South Kivu province on the other side of Lake Kivu. He claimed the rebels already control the town of Sake, 27 kilometers (17 miles) from Goma on the road to Bukavu, and will soon take Minova, a lakeside town in South Kivu.
In Uganda, Congo President Joseph Kabila met Wednesday with Rwandan President Paul Kagame and Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni.
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