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DRC War Brings Challenges For Museveni

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M23 rebels have in recent weeks been battling the advancing coalition forces of DRC, Tanzania and South Africa.

The fighting saw DRC forces fire rockets into Rwanda, killing a woman and injuring her baby.

Rwanda has since responded by deploying superior weapons and elite forces on its border with DRC.

Rwanda’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, Louise Mushikiwabo, warned Kigali would not tolerate the increasing attacks on Rwandan territory.

Sources further said Museveni is concerned that the DRC conflict would help the DRC-based Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) to recruit more combatants and loot weapons which would be used to attack Uganda.

MUHEESI EXPULSION

It is important to note that the meeting comes at a time when Uganda is furious over the expulsion of UPDF Brigadier General Geoffrey Muheesi, who has been the coordinator of the Expanded Joint Verification Mechanism (EJVM), from DRC.

Chimpreports Investigations Unit last Tuesday broke the news that Muheesi had been expelled from the DRC after being accused of being friendly to Rwanda and M23 rebels in the DRC conflict.

Museveni meeting Kabila at Rwakitura a few months ago

The UPDF spokesperson Lt Col Paddy Ankunda said the army heard about Muheesi’s expulsion from the media “because so far the DRC government has not formally communicated to us about their decision.”


“What I know for the record is that the DRC government expressed their discomfort over Brig Muheesi before declaring him persona non grata.”

Foreign Affairs Permanent Secretary, Amb James Mugume added his voice to Ankunda’s disappointment, saying government expected a written communication from Kinshasha before the expulsion.

It later emerged that Brig Muheesi was seen as an obstacle in DRC’s plan to wage war on M23 rebels.

To Muheesi, the DRC hostility contravened the ICGLR ceasefire agreement that demanded Kinshasha and M23 militants to pursue a political solution to the conflict.

Gen. Muheesi’s expulsion came hot on the heels of the latest ICGLR Heads of State and Government Summit, held late July in the Kenyan capital Nairobi, during which, sources say, the EJVM chief presented a report of their latest findings.

Gen Muheesi was reportedly candid in his presentation, laying bare Kinshasa’s provocations against Rwanda, including shelling the Rwandan territory.

It is understood that this infuriated the Congolese delegation who subsequently protested and requested the Council of Ministers of Defence to relieve Gen. Muheesi of his duties, accusing him of bias

It remains unclear if Kabila will return to the round table with M23 rebels considering that his forces have been reinforced by Tanzania and South African soldiers.

The M23 last week said it had pulled out of the battlefield to allow a team of investigators probe the sheling of Rwanda by DRC security forces. The DRC army quickly occupied the territory that was in the hands of M23.

ICGLR is composed of Angola, Burundi, Central African Republic, Republic of Congo, Democratic Republic of Congo, Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda, Sudan, Tanzania and Zambia.

Brig Geoffrey Muheesi

According to a statement from the Uganda Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the UN is also expected to be represented at the summit.

This summit will be preceded by the Joint meeting of Ministers of Foreign Affairs and Defense which will take place on Wednesday.

“It is also pertinent to note that on 29th August 2013, ICGLR issued a press release on Escalating violence and resumption of hostility in Eastern DRC and reiterated that the Summit of ICGLR Heads of States and Government of 24th November, 2012 and that of July, 2013 mandated and reaffirmed the support to the political/diplomatic dialogue in Kampala, process aiming at allowing the DRC Government to listen, evaluate and resolve the legitimate grievances of M23 and M23 to stop expanding the war forthwith” the statement reads in part.

“The ICGLR called on the DRC Government and M23 to go back and conclude the dialogue process to allow for sustainable solution to the crisis. The ICGLR also called for international Community and International Agencies to provide assistance to the victim of the conflict.”

The Ministry says the upcoming extra-ordinary summit “should be seen as a effort by the Chair of ICGLR (President Yoweri Museveni) to bring all parties to the conflict and all regional leaders to help find a lasting solution to the conflict aimed at creating stability in eastern DRC and the region as whole.”

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