Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Congo police secure rebel territory, 'national dialogue' delayed


Good People,
This madness of M23 must top right now and there should be no talks with M23; their place is in the ICC Hague. If M23 raise their head to talk or Museveni calls for any type of talk, we shall mobilize the whole world to get involved in Congo massacre by the M23 and we shall force the world to commit to have M23, Kagame and Museveni hounded to ICC Hague in a short -space-of-time. We shall make use of all international media and the world will come to a stop until the matter of M23 is brought to justice against the inhumanity of Congo people........
Watch the video and see how Museveni and Kagame are all acting mean to Congo people, and the M23 are busy chest-thumbing when lives are consumed to painful deaths.
Since when did the world support genocide??? Do Congo people have right for respectful and honorable living or they are fit for execution and massacre for other to make booming business out of the poor of Congos livelihood and survival.
To make matters worse, all speakers of M23 have clear accent of Rwandese ........ How Come ??? Who is fooling who......???
We are forced to take sides of Congo people and on their behalf we support the Congo people to do away with the Summit of Museveni.
Let Museveni, Kagame with his network go for the Summit and discuss how to accommodate their M23. Meanwhile Let the UN take the M23 to ICC Hague for charges against invasion of Congo, illegal occupation and charges against inhumanity they committed in Congo.

Judy Miriga
Diaspora Spokesperson &
Executive Director for
Confederation Council Foundation for Africa

M23 rebels withdraw from Goma

Published on Sep 2, 2013
Residents of eastern DRC are set to witness a toning down of armed hostilities. M23 rebels have pulled back following days of heavy fighting. The rebels say they want talks. But the Congolese army, known as FARDC, says it's winning. CCTV's Jane Kiyo was on the frontline, north of Goma. She filed this report.

M23 Rebel movement withdraws troops from the frontline
Published on Aug 30, 2013
The M23 rebel movement in the Democratic Republic of Congo will be withdrawing troops from the frontline of fighting with Congolese and UN forces, according to the group's chief. Bertrand Bisimwa, the civilian president of M23, told Al Jazeera on Friday that his troops were withdrawing in order to allow what he called independent verifiers to enter the area of battle to assess where shells had fallen in the nearby city of Goma and across the border in Rwanda. He denied that his troops were withdrawing because of battlefield casualties, an assertion that the government made. Bisimwa did not clarify how far back the M23 would be withdrawing. M23 deputy spokesperson, Lawrence Kingston says the M23 is prepared to withdraw from its positions to give investigators chance to look into the shelling deaths.

3 September 2013

Congo police secure rebel territory, 'national dialogue' delayed

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Policemen drive through the street in Goma in the east of the Democratic Republic of the Congo on December 4, 2012
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Police in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo moved in Tuesday to secure territory recently reclaimed from the M23 rebels, as the country postponed a "national dialogue" aimed at ending its political, social and military crises.
The governor of the mineral-rich but chronically unstable province of North Kivu said police had been sent into areas recently abandoned by the rebels in the face of a week-long offensive by the military and a new United Nations combat force.
Governor Julien Paluku told AFP police had mostly reestablished their control over a territory known as Nyiragongo, located north of Goma, the provincial capital and the hub around which most of the 16-month conflict has revolved.
"The police have redeployed since yesterday in Nyiragongo, but not over the whole territory because there is still a small part that hasn't been cleared, where we still need to mop up," Paluku said.
"Police units will be deployed like this every time the military goes to reoccupy a place. They will be deployed to lock down the area."
The M23 was launched by Tutsi soldiers who mutinied from the army in April 2012 and turned their guns on their former comrades.
The rebels, who seized Goma for 12 days in November before withdrawing to the surrounding hills under international pressure, retreated this week to around 30 kilometres (20 miles) north of the city in the face of the army's new UN-backed offensive.
As the police moved in to resecure the ex-rebel territory, the Congolese government postponed by three days a "national dialogue" that had been scheduled to open Wednesday.
The nationwide talks, which are supposed to involve the country's political parties and civil society groups, will now open on Saturday in three major cities, said an official from the secretariat charged with organising the process.
"The opening of the talks has been pushed back to September 7 because of the head of state's agenda," said the source, who spoke on condition of anonymity.
The official said President Joseph Kabila had to open a meeting of the International Conference on the Great Lakes Region.
Kabila is due to attend a summit of the 11-country regional bloc Thursday in Uganda, where UN special envoy Mary Robinson is expected to push leaders to revive their moribund effort to restore peace to eastern DR Congo.
Kabila has promised the national dialogue in an effort to tackle the massive central African country's deep poverty, rampant corruption and widespread violence and rebellions.
But most opposition parties have said they will boycott the talks.

U.N. envoy says military success an opportunity for Congo talks

3 September 2013
Pete Jones 15 hours ago

By Pete Jones

GOMA, Democratic Republic of Congo (Reuters) - The U.N. special envoy for Africa's Great Lakes region said on Monday recent military successes by Congo's army against eastern rebels should be used to relaunch peace talks.

Democratic Republic of Congo's army drove M23 rebels from positions overlooking the eastern city of Goma on Friday, scoring its biggest victory since the uprising began 18 months ago.

"When there is a military victory like this, it is a chance to advance with a political solution, and that is better for a durable peace," said envoy Mary Robinson, a former Irish prime minister, without going into further details.

The military breakthrough came after a new U.N. intervention brigade, with a tough mandate to crush armed groups, entered combat for the first time. U.N. artillery and helicopters pounded M23 positions in Kabati, 11 km north of Goma, until rebels withdrew.

Millions of people have died from violence, disease and hunger since the 1990s as foreign-backed ethnic rebel groups have fought for control of eastern Congo's rich deposits of gold, diamonds and tin, destabilising the Great Lakes region.

Congo opened peace talks in Kampala, the capital of neighbouring Uganda, after the rebels briefly seized Goma in late 2012, but the negotiations quickly stalled.

"This time it must be different. At the international level we are engaged more than ever before," Robinson said.

She is visiting the vast, former Belgian colony as part of an international mission including the United States special envoy for the Great Lakes region, Russ Feingold, and the special representative of the African Union, Boubacar Diarra.


Regional leaders will meet in Kampala on Thursday to discuss Congo, with world powers increasing pressure for a solution.

U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon visited the region in May, offering $1 billion in World Bank funding if nations stuck to a February deal not to support rebels on each others' soil.

Robinson noted there was evidence that the Tutsi-dominated government in neighbouring Rwanda was supporting M23, whose leaders come from the same ethnic group. In 2012, U.N. investigators accused Rwanda of backing the rebels, a charge Rwanda has denied.

"There is a strong perception (Rwanda is supporting M23), there seems to be some evidence for that," said Robinson. "This is having an impact on how donor countries perceive the situation."

M23 took up arms accusing Congo's government of failing to honour the terms of a 2009 peace deal that ended four years of Tutsi rebellion in the east. It accuses Kinshasa of backing Hutu militia linked to the 1994 genocide in Rwanda.

Robinson said she supported the military action by the Congolese army and the new 3,000-strong U.N. Brigade, which intervened directly for the first time on August 23 after rebel shells landed in Goma, killing at least three civilians.

"Sometimes a military engagement is necessary to protect the population," she said in Goma, a lakeside city of one million on Congo's border with Rwanda.

During nearly two weeks of fighting, rockets have also landed in Rwanda, killing civilians.

The government in Kigali warned it would not tolerate such "provocation", raising fears it could intervene directly in eastern Congo - where it has fought two wars in the last two decades under the pretext of hunting down Hutu militia.

Congolese army spokesman Lt Colonel Olivier Hamuli said on Monday the front had been calm for the past two days.

"We must consolidate our positions," he said.


Congo-Kinshasa: Uganda Convenes Meeting to Discuss Congo Crisis

By Moses Odokonyero, 2 September 2013

Villagers flee fighting (file photo).

Kampala — Uganda has called an emergency meeting of the extraordinary summit of the International Conference on Great Lakes Region (ICGLR) to discuss the deteriorating security situation in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).

The meeting scheduled for 5 September in Uganda's capital, Kampala, is expected to be attended by the 11 members of the ICGLR.

"Following the deteriorating situation in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, particularly in the recent days resulting in the death and injury of peace keepers from the Force Intervention Brigade, Uganda, as chair of the ICGLR felt it was very urgent to convene an extraordinary summit on 5 September 2013 composed of 11 member states", read a statement released on Saturday by Uganda's ministry of foreign affairs.

The statement said the ICGLR meeting is an attempt by member states to bring parties in the conflict to the round table for a lasting peace in not only the DRC but also the Great Lakes region as a whole.

Last week witnessed fierce fighting between the M23 rebels and the DRC army supported by a UN brigade mandated to use force.

The United Nations and the DRC accuse Rwanda of supporting the M23 rebels. Rwanda denies the charge, saying lawless eastern Congo is used as a haven for rebels fighting the Kigali government.

Uganda on the other hand is fearful of a further influx of Congolese refugees putting its already strained public facilities under even more pressure. In July, 67,000 Congolese fled into Uganda following outbreak of violence in eastern Congo prompting Uganda's foreign ministry to say it was "alarmed by the influx".

Despite the rebels announcing a ceasefire on Friday last week, media reports say there was renewed fighting in eastern Congo over the weekend.

A UN brigade, which has been fighting alongside the Congolese army, says it was not involved in the weekend fighting.


Latest update: 31/08/2013

- DR Congo - M23 rebels - Rwanda

M23 rebels 'withdraw' from DR Congo frontline


M23 rebels in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo declared a ceasefire Friday after days of clashes with UN-backed forces. Their retreat comes as Rwanda, accused of supporting the rebels, reportedly moved troops towards the Congo-Rwanda border.

By Josh Vardey / Mounia BEN AÏSSA (video)
News Wires (text)

DR Congo Rebels Announce Their Retreat

Published on Aug 31, 2013
The M23 rebel movement in the Democratic Republic of Congo will be withdrawing troops from the frontline of fighting with Congolese and UN forces, according to the group's chief.

Bertrand Bisimwa, the civilian president of M23, told Al Jazeera on Friday that his troops were withdrawing in order to allow what he called independent verifiers to enter the area of the battle to assess where shells had fallen in the nearby city of Goma and across the border in Rwanda.

He denied that his troops were withdrawing because of battlefield casualties, an assertion that the government made.

Bisimwa did not clarify how far back the M23 would be withdrawing, Al Jazeera's Malcom Webb reported from the eastern city of Goma.

The withdrawal comes a day after a UN peacekeeper was killed and another seven wounded in fighting between the M23 and UN-assisted Congolese forces.

The fighting was some of the fiercest in the week since the newly created UN intervention brigade went on the offensive, and one Tanzanian peacekeeper was killed after the rebels aimed artillery fire at their position, the UN said in a statement.

The UN said on Thursday that it had also established that there were "consistent and credible reports" of Rwandan troops entering the Democratic Republic of Congo to back the M23 rebels.

Rwanda's role

Rwanda has consistently denied supporting the rebels. It accused its Central African neighbour of persistently shelling into its territory and said such "provocation" could no longer be tolerated.

Deputy UN peacekeeping chief Edmond Mulet briefed the UN Security Council on the situation and said that the UN mission in Congo - known as MONUSCO - had seen only the M23 rebels shelling into Rwanda, according to Deputy French Ambassador Alexis Lamek.

Following Thursday's fighting near the Kibati village, about 15km from provincial capital Goma, the rebels said that they remained committed to finding a peaceful solution to the conflict.

Rene Abandi, the head of the M23's Kampala delegation, said the group was ready for a unilateral ceasefire once Kinshasa laid down its weapons.

"[There are] those innocent people who are dying while our side is here for peace talks, and all the while the other side is refusing. The other side who is not here is the only responsible of all those deaths. The only thing we are tired with, is to declare unilateral ceasefire and to see the other side continuing to bomb and to attack. But at any hour of day or night, if the government accepts, we are ready for a bilateral ceasefire," Abandi added.

The rebels also blamed recent deaths in Goma on the Congolese government and the UN.

UN involvement

The UN involvement in the latest flare-up of violence is in sharp contrast to November, when the UN peacekeeping mission stood by as the rebels overtook Goma because their mandate was only to protect civilians.

The stepped-up 3,000-strong UN intervention brigade, created by the Security Council in March, is authorised to take the offensive against the rebels.

Even as forces hit rebel positions, UN officials continued to send mixed messages about the extent of their involvement, repeatedly saying they were merely "backing" or "supporting" the Congolese military, rather than leading the offensive themselves.

"The main engagement is by the [Congolese] forces,'' said Siphiwe Dlamini, a spokesman for the South African military, which contributed troops to the brigade. "We are retaliating and going on the offensive."

Lt-Col Felix Basse, the military spokesman for the UN peacekeeping mission, also emphasised that UN forces were fighting alongside the Congolese army.

The M23 fighters launched their rebellion last year and peace talks with the Congolese government have repeatedly stalled.

Congo Crisis; M23 Call For Ceasefire

Published on Aug 30, 2013
As fighting continues in the war-ravaged Goma in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, the M23 rebels are seeking for a ceasefire. Rene Abandi, the spokesperson for the rebel group made the appeal at the Commonwealth Resort, Munyonyo.The death-toll of civilians could rise as the UN brigade alongside the Congolese army pound positions of M23 rebels with artillery shells and helicopter gunships.

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Rwandan official hints troops could enter Congo

Updated 4:46 am, Friday, August 30, 2013

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Rwanda's foreign minister has indicated in social media that Rwandan troops could enter Congo.
Louise Mushikiwabo said on Twitter late Thursday that Rwandan troops are not currently in Congo, and added the word "yet" in parentheses.
She also wrote: "When they are, you will know" in a Twitter message directed to the TV news outlet Al Jazeera.
Fighting from the war in eastern Congo that pits U.N. and Congolese forces against M23 rebels spilled over into Rwanda Thursday when multiple shells landed inside the country. In New York, the U.N. said the firing originated from positions held by M23.
M23's ranks are swollen with undercover Rwandan soldiers, according to repeated reports by the United Nations Group of Experts. Rwanda denies it supports M23.
Mushikiwabo had said earlier the shells were fired by Congo troops. She later said Rwanda doesn't care who fired the shells but only that the shelling ends.
Mushikiwabo said a projectile fired by Congolese forces at 9:45 a.m. Thursday killed a woman and seriously injured her 2-month old baby in a market in Rubavu town, located 3 kilometers (2 miles) from the Congolese border. She said Rwanda has remained restrained "for as long as we can" but that provocations can no longer be tolerated. "We will not hesitate to defend our territory," she said.
In New York, the United Nations said the U.N. force "can confirm firing incidents into Rwandan territory originated from M23 positions" from Aug. 22-29, and stressed that "it has not witnessed any Congolese Armed Forces firing into Rwandan territory during this period."
Goma, a Congolese city of 1 million located on the Rwandan border, briefly fell to the M23 rebels last year. The soldiers from Rwanda join the M23 in small groups, hiking across footpaths into Congo, the United Nations Group of Experts has said in a report. Rwanda has also supplied them with arms and sophisticated equipment, including night vision goggles, the report said.
The fighting in recent days has been among the most intense in the past year, and comes after the United Nations Security Council in March authorized the creation of a special intervention brigade which, unlike the other 17,000 peacekeepers stationed in this vast nation, has a mandate to go on the offensive against the M23. The brigade, made up of soldiers from Tanzania and South Africa, was created in the wake of the criticism following the fall of Goma to the rebels last year.


Published on Apr 27, 2013
A section of the delegation M23 rebels, who have been in talks with the DR Congo's government in Kampala Uganda have left the capital. The move has raised fears of the groups commitment to the talks, just days after Uganda announced that the mediation will resume. M23 says the team is heading for consultations. Meanwhile in eastern congo, life on the run has become a norm, owing to the conflict between armed groups and government forces. Thousands have died and others displaced in the fragile provinces of north and South Kivu

DR Congo: M23 rebels threaten to march on Kinshasa 

Rebel M23 fighters in Congo advance on Goma

Published on Nov 18, 2012
Government soldiers in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo are retreating from the regional capital, Goma.

Large numbers are escaping as rebel M23 fighters advance on the city. United Nations helicopters have fired on the group amid some of the most serious fighting in the area since July. Al Jazeera's Nazanine Moshiri reports.

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