By Nangayi Guyson in Kampala Uganda

M23 rebel fighters in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo have on Tuesday captured strategic provincial capital of Goma, home to more than 1 million people, according to a rebel spokesman and witnesses.

Reports coming from there indicate that Goma is now under the hands of the rebels.

DRC government has not yet confirmed the capture of Goma but the Civilians say they saw rebels entering Goma without any serious resistance from either the UN forces or government forces.

The rebels are now believed to be heading to Bukavu, another provincial capital which lies to the south.

Tens of thousands of people have fled since the fighting began early this year; many are seeking refuge in the neighbouring countries of Uganda, Rwanda and South Sudan

The Congolese government and UN have accused Rwanda and Uganda for supporting Rebels but both countries have denied accusations.

This is not the first time DRC have been invaded, in late 1990s neighbouring states of Rwanda, Uganda, Zimbabwe, Namibia and Angola entered in war with DRC which officially ended 2003 and more than five million people died in the war.