By APN Team and Agencies
The Congolese government has given warlord William Amuri Yakutumba a ultimatum of 48 hours to surrender and stop fighting the government forces.
The army revealed that mai mai forces loyal to him have a chance of peacefully and willingly surrendering and denouncing rebel activities.
Reliable sources from the Kinshasa based government indicate that decision by the rebels to decent on the township of Uvira a few kilometers from the Burundi border was a declaration of war against the government and that this will not be taken lightly.
The united nations mission in the DRC has been backing up the Congolese government forces by providing fire power on water and in the for the last two days but the rebels have since then proved to be very stubborn.
The rebels in eastern DR Congo advanced to the outskirts of Uvira near the Burundi border residents said, spreading panic and confining thousands of civilians to their homes.
The fighting between the Mai-Mai Yakutumba militia and the army was the latest example of mounting insecurity in the country since President Joseph Kabila refused to step down when his mandate expired last December.