Congo-Kinshasa: France Calls for UN Security Council Meeting On DRC Violence29 August 2013
Fresh fighting flared up in eastern DRC on Thursday, with artillery fire reported around Goma, a day after a Tanzanian soldier with the UN force was killed and three South African troops wounded.
The UN and the DRC government accuse Rwanda of supporting the M23, a predominantly Tutsi force that accuses Kinshasa of reneging on a 2009 peace deal and an agreement to hold peace talks and has threatened to attack Goma again.
The UN intervention force has an unprecedented mandate to battle armed movements in eastern DRC alongside the DRC army.
Congo-Kinshasa: U.S. Calls On Rwanda and DRC to Avoid War27 August 2013
The M23 is made up of former Congolese soldiers who broke ranks from the DRC army last year. The rebels are mostly from the Tutsi ethnic group and share historical relations with the Tutsi in Rwanda.
"We reiterate our call for Rwanda to cease any and all support to the M23 and to respect DRC's territorial integrity, consistent with UN Security Council resolutions and its commitments under the peace, security, and cooperation framework", the statement said.
"We are using artillery, indirect fire with mortars and our aviation, and at the moment we have troops in the front line alongside [the government forces]", the UN force commander in Congo, Gen. Dos Santos Cruz, said on Saturday.
Three UN troops are reported to have been wounded in the fighting, however, the UN has yet to confirm this.
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Congo-Kinshasa: Outspoken Lawmaker Gets 3-Year Sentence - Freedom of Expression, Peaceful Assembly Under Attack29 August 2013
Congolese authorities should drop their questionable case against Nzangi and end the crackdown against his supporters, Human Rights Watch said.
Human Rights Watch has documented 84 cases since May 2012 in which politicians, political party activists, journalists, and human rights activists were arrested or threatened by the authorities because of their political views or published opinions.
Nzangi, a member of parliament from Goma, participated in a two-and-a-half-hour debate on Radio Kivu 1 on August 11. He and the other participants discussed the crisis concerning the M23, a Rwanda-backed rebel group active in North Kivu province, and the role of civil society.
Nzangi said that the Congolese people should call on the government to end talks with the M23 rebels in Kampala, Uganda and continue military operations against them. He urged people to direct their pressure toward Congolese President Joseph Kabila as well as the United Nations peacekeeping mission in Congo, MONUSCO, by holding "peaceful actions" such as marches and sit-ins. He acknowledged the risk of demonstrations turning violent and said that angry demonstrators may be tempted to throw stones at MONUSCO vehicles, but called for advance measures to be taken to prevent and control such a risk.
Hours later, Nzangi was arrested. He was flown to the capital, Kinshasa, and charged with endangering internal state security, revealing defense secrets, and insulting the president. Because he was allegedly "caught in the act" (flagrante delicto), Nzangi was not protected by parliamentary immunity. His trial before the Supreme Court began immediately, denying him the right to have adequate time to prepare a defense.
Eugène Diomi Ndongala, a former member of parliament and minister, has been detained since April in another apparently politically motivated case to silence dissent. He is awaiting trial.
Human Rights Watch interviewed the 12 in prison in Bandundu in June. All of them, including a 70-year-old man, said they had been beaten by policemen. One had lost a tooth from the beatings, and another needed seven stitches on his head after police beat him with a club.
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Uganda: Exiled General Accuses Museveni of Murder, as Government Dismisses His AllegationsBy Moses Odokonyero, 28 August 2013
Kampala — A renegade Ugandan General who fled to the United Kingdom after accusing president Yoweri Museveni of having a plot to have his son succeed him as the next president has in a stinging letter accused the Ugandan leader of murder.
In a letter released through his lawyer on Sunday, Sejusa alleges that the Museveni had a role in the deaths of a former minister in the late 1980's and more recently of Major General James Kazini, a former military commander of the Ugandan Peoples Defence Forces (UPDF).
"Actually Museveni did the same with Maj. Gen James Kazini when he accused him that he was sending money to elements in Southern Sudan (SPLA) and West Nile veterans to topple him. That's when Museveni ordered his execution by procuring the services of a 6-foot 6-inches man to murder Gen Kazini. Forget that trash of [Lydia] Draru", Sejusa says in his letter that has been widely discussed on-line in Uganda and published by some newspapers.
But in a furious response on Tuesday, Ofwono Opondo, the Director of the Uganda Media Centre and the government spokesperson dismissed Sejusa as being "high on drugs".
"The most incredulous is that president Museveni could have had a hand in the death of Gen Kazini who died in the hands of his girlfriend Lydia Draru who confessed before a court of law", he told the media in Kampala on Tuesday.
"Sejusa has gone into a sewer pipe or else we think he could be high on drugs", added the government spokesman.
In a separate interview with Sudan Tribune on Wednesday, Ofwono Opondo said the renegade general is telling lies.
"Sejusa has run out of his mind. No reasonable person can believe him particularly in the case of Kazini where his girlfriend confessed of murdering him. Does Sejusa want to say that the courts of law relied on hearsay?" he asked.
"Sejusa has gone down the sewer line. He is collapsing and he wants everyone to collapse with him", Ofwono said.
The Ugandan government spokesperson further said that Sejusa is engaged in a smear campaign against Uganda aimed at enabling him get asylum in the United Kingdom.
Last week, Paddy Ankunda, a spokesperson for the Uganda military said Gen Sejusa could be charged with treason.
Asked whether there are any plans by Uganda to extradite the renegade General from the UK, spokesman Ofwono Opondo said "we have not reached that level yet. We haven't even bothered to ask for extradition."
Voice of America (Washington, DC)
Congo-Kinshasa: DRC Civilians At Risk - UNHCRBy Joe DeCapua, 27 August 2013
"So it's been a strain on the local communities. People were staying in schools for a while - the refugees on school grounds," said MacIsaac.