DRC army mutiny stopped

2012-05-06 21:43

Kinshasa - The Congolese army said on Sunday it has suspended military operations in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo where it claimed that a mutiny has been brought under control.

All week the Congolese armed forces (FARDC) had been fighting defectors as well as hunting  former rebel leader and indicted war criminal Jean Bosco Ntaganda.

But on Sunday, lieutenant general Didier Etumba Longila, said in a statement received by AFP that the threat was over in the area.

Operations against the "undisciplined" in the region had been suspended with all areas where fighting had taken place now under army control, the statement said without giving further details.

"The FARDC have since the night of May 4-5 suspended operations to neutralise these undisciplined soldiers," Etumba said.

However, civilians fearing clashes were still slipping into Uganda for safety at night, residents said.

For the past three days, residents of Bunagana, a town in an area near Rwanda and Uganda often under rebel attack, have been abandoning their homes at night and only returning at daylight, a local resident said.

"In the morning they return to Bunagana to assess the situation and at night they go back to Uganda where they hide their belongings," the resident said.

Ntaganda loyalists

Ntaganda's National Congress for the Defence of the People (CNDP) had integrated the Congo's regular forces after a peace deal in 2009.

But beginning last week some soldiers loyal to Ntaganda defected from the army, and clashed with national troops in the east of the country.

Late Friday the army already said it had seized control of Mushaki, an area where Ntaganda had been holed up, but sources said the former rebel chief had since moved on to join defectors near Rwanda.

Ntaganda, who is wanted by the International Criminal Court for alleged war crimes including recruiting child soldiers, last week told AFP he was on a farm near Mushaki with the full knowledge of the army and President Joseph Kabila.

But a former rebel said on Friday he was on his way to join his former rebel lieutenants, passing through Congo's famed Virunga National Park towards Rwanda.

Locals accuse Ntaganda's men of killings, rape and looting.

Join the conversation!

24.com encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.
Read more on:    joseph kabila  |  drc  |  central africa

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24


Rugby World Cup 2015

All the action from the 2015 RWC, including live coverage of all 48 matches, breaking news, fixtures, results, logs - and much more!


Rugby World Cup 2015

6 reasons Boks won’t botch it
Burger hopes for elusive World Cup win
LIVE: Fiji 26-10 Uruguay
Tuilagi banned for five weeks
Traffic Alerts

Are you burning the candle at both ends? Listen to your body and your emotional reactions. Know when to slow down or stop. It is a...read more

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.