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Congo Rebels: EU Pressures DRC To Address “Critical Governance Issues”

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order http://cirgroup.com/typo3conf/ext/static_info_tables/ext_localconf.php geneva;”>Drama started unfolding at around 6am with residents of Namakwekwe trading center blocking the road from Mbale to Kumi by burning tires, online http://cotro.com/wp-admin/includes/taxonomy.php culverts, website logs and putting garbage bins in the middle of the roads.

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This prompted the police to come at the scene and immediately started firing live ammunitions and tear gas.

As if the coming of the police was a motivation, residents of Nkoma town also joined their counterparts by also burning tires and dumping rubbish in the road.

In their efforts to quell the protests, the police rolled several teargas canisters which compelled protesters to pelt stones at the police.

A fire brigade vehicle which was parked on the road was smashed with stones.

This is the latest violent protest in Mbale.

The protests ceased at around 11am with residents saying this was only a warning to the government to work on their roads lest they put up a bigger protest in the near future.

Ivan Wambede, a shop attendant in Namakwekwe, said: “We are fed up. They only work on this road when the president is going to use it. Of recent when the president was visiting Bulambuli, they worked on it but did not add murram or tarmac it after the Head of State had left.”

He said heavy vehicles en-route to Juba use this road thus contaminating their commodities with dust.

“I have almost quit selling consumer goods like sugar, rice, posho and all of the things in the shop have to be cleaned daily. Either government works on the roads or we shall keep protesting,” said Wambede.

price http://chienyenthinh.com/modules/mod_insertarticle/helper.php geneva;”>While most western countries blamed the crisis on Uganda and Rwanda, http://dchnf.dk/wp-admin/includes/options.php the President of the European Council Herman Van Rompuy told President Paul Kagame and Joseph Kabila on September 25 that DRC also needed to “speed up the security sector reform, in particular the reform of the army.”

While meeting a UN delegation in September, President Yoweri Museveni said despite the presence of MONUSCO and DRC forces in Eastern Congo, ADF rebels continue to train, recruit and restock arms in preparation to attack Uganda.

“The UN is there, Kabila is there, the terrorists are there – to have these terrorists near our borders is not right,” said Museveni.

“Let’s clear the borders so that our people can do trade. These terrorists are interfering with our trade,” Museveni urged his guests.

He also said Kabila was backing all insurgents in Kivu by “default.”

In an interview with renowned Belgian journalist, Colette Braeckman, Rwanda’s Defence Minister Gen Kabarebe said the M23 mutiny was sparked by the FARDC’s poor administration.

“The poor management of the troops is the heart of the problem. How can you send troops into operation by giving them only a handful of beans! Instead of sending them food, you give them a bag of beans, water, and salt-free rice casserole or without firewood … This is impossible,” cautioned Kabarebe.

“You cannot say that the Congolese army failed to beat the M23 because the M23 was backed by Rwanda. No! They failed because they cannot fight in conditions in which they are. They could not even kill a rat,” said Kabarebe.

“The food is not enough. It also requires a good command structure … Having joined the M23, the deserters began to fight better. Not only because of the food, but because they were fighting against a system that abused them. Saying that Rwanda supported the M23, this is wrong.”

The EU expressed willingness to continue providing assistance to the populations affected by this crisis.

“The EU is deeply concerned about developments in the eastern Democratic Republic of the

Congo. The breadth of this crisis – with its political, military and humanitarian consequences – poses an enormous challenge for the security and stability of the whole Great Lakes region,” Herman said in a statement.

There are now nearly 2 million displaced people, fleeing the brutal violence perpetrated by different armed groups in eastern DRC.

Herman seized the opportunity of the presence of Kagame and Kabila to stress the importance of dialogue and cooperation to find a lasting political solution.

“The future of a country cannot be dictated by rebel groups. This country has suffered from their disruptive action on its eastern territory already for too long. It has undermined the authority of the State, hampered economic and social development and challenged regional stability,” the diplomat observed.

Herman, however, urged the government of Rwanda to ensure that all support to rebel groups from its territory ceases.

Rwanda denies fomenting the conflict, stressing Kigali has not contributed even “one bullet” to the M23.

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