The Congolese M23 rebels have started collecting taxes at the Bunagana
border, weeks after capturing the strategic town from the Congolese
Reports indicate that the M23 rebels have made administrative structures
and are charging taxes from small items that pass in their territory.
According to people there, taxes collected on a crate of beer are Ugx4000, Ugx 3,000 on tray of eggs,Ugx3,000 on 25kg bag of posho, among others.
A few days ago, the Congolese government warned the public against using
Bunagana border declaring it unsafe, and said anyone using it would be
declared an ally to the M23 and the Rwandan government.
Hajji Shaffiq Sekandi, the Kisoro Resident District Commissioner says that
very few Congolese were seen going back to their country.