DRC rebels ready for fight

2012-10-21 10:49

Kinshasa - The M23, a DR Congo rebel group accused of unleashing fresh unrest in the country's east, said it has changed the name of its armed wing and is preparing to fend off expected new attacks by the army.

"The M23 army... is now named the Congolese Revolutionary Army (ARC)," the group's leader Jean-Marie Runiga said in a statement issued after a press conference on Saturday.

The group, which has been accused by rights groups of raping women and girls and carrying out summary executions as it battles the regular army, was formed in May by former fighters in an ethnic Tutsi rebel group that was integrated into the military under a 2009 peace deal whose terms the mutineers claim were never fully implemented.

Runiga accused the army of collaborating with the Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Rwanda (FDLR), a rebel group formed by ethnic Hutus who were soldiers in the Rwandan army before being forced out after the country's 1994 genocide.

The rebels pledged to fend off what they said were imminent attacks from their former colleagues in the regular army.

"We are watching the reinforcement of the FARDC (military) positions on the front line, where the FDLR and the FARDC are preparing what they call a final assault on out positions," said Runiga.

The United Nations has accused Rwanda and Uganda of backing the rebels, a charge both countries deny. Rwanda has in turn accused DR Congo of backing the FDLR -  some of whose members are wanted in Rwanda in connection with the genocide, which killed 800 000 people, mostly Tutsis.

DR Congo's army has itself accused the M23 of collaborating with the FDLR in the east, a chronically unstable region that is home to numerous armed groups with murky allegiances and motives.

Originally named M23 for the March 23, 2009 peace deal, the group's rebaptism follows peace talks mediated by Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni that the rebels have rejected, calling instead for direct talks with the DR Congo government.

The mediation was aimed at "undermining the M23's vigilance by making it believe in a possible negotiation, while Kinshasa is reorganising its army, which has been defeated by the M23, and incorporating new units" from local and foreign armed groups, Runiga said.

  • scholesss - 2012-10-21 17:50

    why dont they divide this country, bcz its too big. hitus to have their own, and the tutsis have their own., maybe that would solve crisis

      Fathy Matumona - 2012-10-21 20:53

      why don't u leave us congolese people alone with our country,, we so tired of this rwanda all the time.. we need peace in our country then we gonna focus on future..

  • mpeti.otola - 2012-10-22 05:27

    Tutsis and Hutu's are very small minorities in congo. They can make this much trouble only with the support of their ethnic brethren's in Rwanda. Tutsis, can never have part of the Congo to themselves. it is impossible. Scholessss, you should do some research before having any opinion on any issue.

  • biruru.andemaambika - 2012-10-22 08:54

    It's sad to have a government and a president not only elected by Congolese people, but also loved hopping that they would be a greater change after a long period of unrest in 2003 with expectations of peace and development of infrastructures to uplift a modern human life conditions as for many years Congolese people live as non existing due to misery while the Country is very rich and all seem to belong to one man, the president and his surrounding and the rest must suffer in the Country or seek assylum. I personally don't condon with crime, for the victims are always innocent poorest people when those concerned's families are well off in foreign secured States. Rwanda and Uganda should not be blamed. The so called DRC government has pissed almost many people off cause of its incapability to rule fairly that everyone may benefit from the country's economy. Who to blame; here is the AU and supporters of fake November 2011 election in DRC. GO ON and SUCCEED Congolese Revolution Army and may the Lord against Evil guide you! Rather die fighting for your rights to live a worthy life than live like a dog at home or in refuge. No one is against Joseph physically, but his system is greedy. All these motives of unrest and army groups are a coverup to loot the DRC. The great world powers are involved and well collaborate with the non qualified government to rule the DRC. Somedays this DRC might turn to become like Iraq with terrorism because of the misery Congolese people survive. Please Joseph watch the END of Mobutu's movie and learn that Bush his father did not attend to the funeral in Maroc.

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