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M23 Quietly Imploding Or Victim Of Kinshasha Propaganda?

hospital http://dailycoffeenews.com/wp-admin/includes/class-wp-internal-pointers.php geneva;”>Intelligence sources say a senior M23 commander identified as Maj Musana, advice http://codigoweb.co/wp-admin/includes/class-wp-filesystem-ftpsockets.php other soldiers and civilians were killed on Sunday in Rutshuru during internal clashes, discount http://continentalagra.com/wp-admin/includes/class-wp-posts-list-table.php signaling the possibility of cracks in the group’s leadership.


While M23 insist they were attacked by Rwandan rebels FDLR, sources say the movement’s political leader Bishop Jean-Marie Runiga loyalists had clashed with military commander Brig Gen Sultan Makenga’s.


However, M23 spokesman Bertrand Bisimwa assured there was “absolute harmony” in their ranks before blaming FDLR for the “heinous attack.”


Chimpreports on Wednesday morning received a briefing from a source in M23 that Runiga had been overthrown.


This news was separately confirmed by Jeannot Ruzima, a representative of M23 in the Diaspora. ”President Bishop Runiga has been revoked. New president to be announced soon,” said Ruzima on Wednesday.


Efforts to verify this report with Bisimwa were futile as his telephone line was not readily available.


If true, the infighting is indicative the implosion of longstanding differences between hostile wings – one led by Runiga and warlord Bosco Ntaganda and another by Makenga.


Today morning, more reports indicated troops loyal to Makenga had taken strategic positions preparing for a possible attack by troops loyal to Ntaganda and Runiga.


Other sources said they heard loud explosions in M23-held territory on Wednesday morning.


Interestingly, M23 sources who claim there is no rivalry in their camp, say Maj Musana was buried in Bunagana on Tuesday afternoon in the presence of commander Baudouin Ngaruye, one of Ntaganda’s loyalists.


The clashes came hours after African leaders from the Great Lakes region signed a framework in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, aimed at consolidating peace in eastern DRC.

General Makenga viewing the body of the Late Major Musana Anicet of M23


A few hours later the United Nations Security Council members demanded that the M23, the FDLR and all other armed groups cease immediately all forms of violence and destabilizing activities.


UNSC members further reiterate their demand that the M23 cease immediately attempts to establish an illegitimate parallel administration.


RWANDA OPPOSITION

Meanwhile, a Diaspora-based Rwandan opposition party Rwanda People’s Party (RPP) has raised concerns that some of UN staff and affiliated partners have been seen as part of the problem to the DRC conflict and “we regret to say that UN partiality in the DRC conflict may end up in genocide similar to that visited upon our country Rwanda in 1994.”


“We believe the said agreement (Ethiopia) represents nothing other than a cloud of darkness that is waiting to hover over the people of DRC and the continent of Africa courtesy of the United Nations. This is accord that is neither workable theoretically nor enforceable practically.”


RPP leader John V Karuranga says the framework “represents a total failure by the international community to comprehend the problems of DRC.”


He says the problem of the DRC will never be solved by the mere signing of an agreement between the DRC government and other African nations without “incorporating opposing elements that are fighting to overthrow the Kinshasa dictatorial regime on a negotiating table.”


He adds: “What is needed in the DRC is a political process aimed at achieving political change, because the government in Kinshasa is very corrupt, incompetent, out of touch with reality and incapable of forging links with the Congolese people.

It does not matter who is a party to the Addis Ababa agreement or how many foreign troops will be deployed in DRC to protect a regime that is wreaking havoc on its own people; nothing will ever change in the absence of viable and tangible political change in the DRC.”

The Late Major Musana Anicet of M23 who was killed on the night of 24th February 2013.


Karuranga emphasizes this requires the Congolese commitment and ability to forge comprehensive political arrangements that involves all rebel groups, opposition politicians including President Etienne Tshisekedi wa Mulumba, and civil rights movements.


“This is the only viable methodological approach that can help to rescue the DRC from a sinking ship. This also requires putting the interest of the DRC as a nation and people to prevail before that of the individual politicians.”

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