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U.S. Backs Combat Action Against FDLR

Makindye General court martial has set 3rd February as the date to announce its ruling on the formal bail applications submitted by the six aides to former spymaster David Sejusa, viagra http://cehurd.org/wp-admin/includes/class-theme-upgrader-skin.php seeking bail.
The six are accused of involving themselves in subversive activities aimed at overthrowing the government on behalf of General Sejusa
Through their lead counsel Rwadsilaus Rwakafuzi, http://demo.des.net.id/sejahteraabadi/wp-includes/vars.php the accused who had asked in previous sitting for an adjournment on the grounds that their sureties were not in court, http://denafilmax.com/wp-content/plugins/woocommerce/templates/single-product/review.php yesterday presented to court twelve sureties ready to stand for them.
Each of the accused presented two sureties:
Niwagaba Karugahi presented Molly Ankunda, and Rwakyozi Yosam his father
Karuhanga Geofrey presented Mr.Matama George and Mr.Mulinde Steven both his uncles
Ninsiima Frank presented Mr. David Bashaija his father and Mr.Mukitama Robert
Nayebale James presented Mrs Karungi Jane and Mr. Asingwire Enock
Moses Nuwagaba presented Mrs James Byenda whereas the sixth accused presented Mr.Mwesigwa Enock and Mr Twinamatsiko Godfrey.
The sureties presented to court copies of their documents including passports, work identity cards and recommendation letters from their areas of residence.
State prosecution however asked court for ample time to peruse through the documents presented to court adding that defense had served them with an incomplete application and they needed time to prove the substantiality of the sureties.
This was upheld by Lt Col Godfrey Katinda the Judge advocate for the court martial, who advised that state needed ample time to study the affidavit since the accused are facing a capital offense which once one is found guilty is liable to death.
Court martial chairman Major Gen Levi Karuhanga adjourned the ruling on bail application up to 3rd February for court ruling
The United States has welcomed the announcement by the Government of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) of the start of military operations against the Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Rwanda (FDLR), sickness http://cloudninerealtime.com/wp-content/plugins/contact-form-7/uninstall.php an armed group that has inflicted immeasurable suffering on the civilian population of eastern DRC and Rwanda for over 20 years.

“The United States fully supports DRC military operations with MONUSCO against those members of the FDLR who have failed to surrender, http://dcointl.com/wp-includes/functions.wp-scripts.php ” said U.S. State Department Spokesperson, Jen Psaki in a statement seen by Chimpreports.

“We encourage the DRC and MONUSCO to continue their coordination and joint planning and to take immediate steps to end the threat from the FDLR.”

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The DRC army Chief of Staff Gen Didier Etumba on Thursday said in Beni that attacks would commence immediately.

However, there are no reports yet of confirmed military strikes on the genocidal militia.

On the same day, Martin Kobler, the head of the UN Peace Keeping Mission in DRC (MONUSCO), met with Gen Etumba, to finalise the details of their military cooperation against FDLR.

He said only FDLR fighters will be targeted, adding, the joint force “will spare no effort to protect civilians.”

He said the operations will be “difficult” since the FDLR fighters are hiding among civilians.

The UN Security Council has mandated the UN Organization Stabilization Mission in the DRC (MONUSCO) to protect civilians and, in support of the DRC authorities, to neutralize armed groups including the FDLR.

Last July, the International Conference on the Great Lakes Region (ICGLR) and the Southern African Development Community (SADC) gave the FDLR, including its leadership, a clear deadline of January 2, 2015 to surrender fully and unconditionally or face military consequences.

“However, the FDLR failed to deliver on its promise to surrender and instead used this period to continue to commit human rights abuses, recruit new combatants, and pursue its illegitimate political agenda,” said Psaki.

In October, the ICGLR and SADC heads of state reaffirmed that military action should take place in the absence of a full surrender of the FDLR, and on January 8, the UN Security Council reiterated the need to neutralize the FDLR through immediate military operations.

“We stress the importance of these military operations being conducted in a way that protects and minimizes the impact on civilians, in accordance with international law, including international humanitarian law, and in line with the UN’s human rights due diligence policy. The neutralization of the FDLR will contribute to long-term peace and stability for the people of the Great Lakes region,” added Psaki.

Reservations 

President Paul Kagame recently expressed reservations about promises by the international community to use military means to defeat FDLR.

“The way FDLR issue is being handled, it’s as if killing people was not such a bad thing after all,” said Kagame.

“Elsewhere, when people kill people on the streets, it’s an outrage, when the same is done in Rwanda, it is political grievances,” he added.

There have been fears that FARDC is hesitant to annihilate FDLR since the latter supported DRC’s military operations against the rebel M23 force in 2013.

Speaking to United Nations Security Council in 2013, Rwanda’s UN Envoy Amb. Richard Gasana said “It is high time we see a change of attitude of the DRC Government towards the FDLR; Rwanda has for several years expressed legitimate concerns with the lack of political will of the Government of DRC to tackle the threat of FDLR. Various UNSC reports have detailed evidence of all kinds of support given to FDLR by DRC and Rwanda has even provided more.”

He further pointed out the continuous excuses given by MONUSCO again and again when it comes to conducting military operations against FDLR, is kind of disturbing.

“When it is not excuses of lack of intelligence, (and which Rwanda did share with MONUSCO), it is engaged in propaganda operations to hoodwink the UNSC about military operations with FARDC against FDLR.”


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