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SECURITY TIGHTENED: Goma Sealed Up As State Toughens Security Measures

Amidst growing tension and violent clashes between the DR Congo defence forces (FARDC) and the M23-RDF rebels in the east, the expanded provincial security council in North Kivu Province has moved to tighten security in the provincial capital.

On Wednesday January 31, the security council resolved that all new arrivals in the city of Goma must be identified with the list to be submitted to the council every morning at 10:30 AM.

North Kivu Province Military Governor General Peter Cirimwami revealed the council’s newly imposed security measures decision at a press conference on Wednesday.

Gen. Cirimwami made this announcement following closed-door meetings with members of the provincial security council extended to the basic executives of the city of Goma.

“We have taken one step: we must identify new arrivals in the city. Every morning at 10:30 a.m. we must have the list of people who have arrived in the city and those who have left the city so that we can be sure who we are living with,” Gen. Cirimwami declared.

Meanwhile, Gen. Cirimwami also confirmed the decision to extend the ban on motorcycle traffic after 6pm as the council continues to better assess its impact.

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