DRC Troops Crush Coup Attempt


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He, however, noted that the attackers attempted to coerce the broadcaster to air a statement only for the signal to be cut off midway.

Mende said the group was “repelled” without a single casualty on the part of the DRC troops.

12:00pm: Heavy fighting with machine guns and mortars has been reported at the main military garrison and Ministry of Defence headquarters in Kinshasa, raising fears of possible internal skirmishes within the elite Presidential Guard of the Democratic Republic of Congo.

A senior diplomat told Chimpreports on Monday afternoon that fighting broke out at around 10:30am in different parts of Kinshasa.

It remains unclear which factions are fighting but it appears a military unit led by a one Gideon Mukungubila took control of the military barracks and the national television and radio station.

Mukungubila, well known as the “Prophet of the Eternal,” unsuccessfully ran for President in 2006 and was also critical of the recent peace deal between M23 rebels and the government of DRC.

“We don’t have enough facts about the cause of the clashes. It is too early to claim that some elements planned a coup but Mukungubila spoke on the national television, saying he had come to rescue Congo from the slavery of the Rwandan,” said a high-ranking official who preferred anonymity given the sensitivity of the matter.

The British government has swiftly responded by issuing a travel warning for its citizens against “all travel to parts of the country.”

“There are reports of shooting this morning around the national TV and radio station RTNC, and also around the main army barracks and MOD (Ministry of Defence) at Ngaliema,” reads part of the statement by the UK embassy in DRC.

“The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) advise against all travel to eastern and north eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), including Goma. The only exception to this is the town of Bukavu, to which the FCO advise against all but essential travel.”

All British nationals in North Kivu, including Goma have been instructed to keep their security situation under review.

A diplomat told this website that gunshots were also heard at around 11:43am as smoke billowed over Camp Tchatchi, a strategic military base for an elite force based in Kinshasa.

Following the heavy fighting inside the barracks, sources said armoured tanks were quickly poured on the streets of Kinshasa especially Kintambo.

The peacekeeping mission in DRC, commonly known as MONUSCO, also confirmed that “gunshots were heard this morning in the vicinity of the airport and the national television.”

The latest development comes against the backdrop of an attempted coup in South Sudan that sparked off violence across the country.

At least 1,000 people have died in the south Sudan crisis, with tens of thousands displaced.

President Kiir accused his sacked Vice President, Riek Machar of attempting to overthrow his government, a charge the later vehemently denies.

Congo had realised a semblance of peace following the defeat of the M23 rebels in the eastern part of the country.

But reports that the fighting is now in Kinshasa could confirm fears that the country’s political turmoil is far from over.

The DRC government is yet to issue a statement on the unfolding events.


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