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Ex M23 Rebels ‘Losing Patience’ with DRC

M23 rebels led by Makenga (c) fleeing to Uganda in 2013

Former rebel M23 combatants have warned they will not sit and look on idly as the government of President Joseph Kabila continues to refuse to implement key commitments in the Nairobi peace declarations such as providing maximum security to the people of Eastern Congo and improving quality of their livelihoods.

M23 leader Bertrand Bisiimwa told Chimpreports on Friday that government has completely failed to establish the state’s authority in the eastern part of the country leading to the “enlargement of the negative forces’ areas of influence” thus threatening lives of millions of people.

Bisiimwa said DRC’s defence and security forces are “yet to neutralize them (negative elements)”.

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The warning comes just a few weeks after Ugandan rebel group Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) slaughtered scores of innocent civilians including kinds in North Kivu.

The massacres sparked international outrage, about it http://cortrium.com/wp-admin/includes/class-wp-users-list-table.php with Kabila urging UN for troop reinforcement to deal with the threat.

Kabila, pilule who visited Beni in the wake of the massacres, said his government would give its all to neutralise ADF and other negative elements in the region.

But Bisiimwa says the recent head of State’s speech to the United Nations speaking of control by the FARDC of the whole of the national territory is untrue as “the crime rate has just reached its climax – a situation never experienced before.”

November marked one year after M23 agreed to lay down their weapons following a joint military offensive by the UN Intervention Brigade comprising soldiers from Tanzania, South Africa, Malawi and DRC.

On November 5, 2013, the M23’s Directorate decided to end the state of rebellion following the request of the ICGLR and SADC during the Heads of State summit meeting on November 4 to 6 in South Africa.

The function had a very strong participation of international community’s Special Envoys.

Bisiimwa said the M23 had to order all its combat units to lay down the arms, to withdraw from all areas formerly under its control and prepare for the demobilization and reintegration.

The M23 boss said by the same act, the M23 was committed to continue seeking solutions to its claims by political and peaceful means but the government’s army and MONUSCO used the time to shell their troops which were withdrawing hence in these circumstances the rebels decided to leave the country.

Disappointment

Bisiimwa said it “is appropriate to say on this anniversary date of November 5th, 2014 a year after the decision, nothing has been achieved in terms of responses to our Movement’s claims that the DRC Government had committed itself to respond through its own declaration signed in Nairobi on December 12th, 2013.”

He observed that any initiative to resolve the root causes of the crisis in the East of the country has never been undertaken.

Bisiimwa said from the Eastern Province to Katanga through Eringeti, Oicha, Beni, Butembo, Masisi, Walikale, Rtushru, Goma, Bukavu, Kabare, Walungu, Burhinyi, Kiliba, Mutarule, Uvira, Fizi, “the numbers of the dead, kidnapped and raped women are in hundreds.”

“The relocation, since two months of all MONUSCO’s force to the East of the country supported by the Brigade of Intervention voted and established by the Security Council of the United Nations for the neutralization of the negative forces remains inexplicably without a concrete impact on ground,” he added.

Bisiimwa warned that if government does not find solutions to the causes of instability in the region as defined in the Nairobi Declarations and the framework agreement of Addis Ababa, his movement would take steps to protect the people of Kivu.

He did not expound the means the movement may employ to achieve its objectives.

“It is a right for people living in the eastern part of the Democratic Republic of the Congo to live a normal life like all other peoples of the world,” he noted.

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