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UN Attacks Burundi Rebels, Delays FDLR Offensive

Rwanda Defence Forces in a training exercise. The country continues to grapple with the FDLR threat

President Uhuru Kenyatta has assured the family of former Prime Minister Raila Odinga and the nation that the Government will do all in its power to establish how Fidel died.

Speaking at the former Prime Minister’s home in Karen when he visited to condole with the family following the sudden death of their first born son, hospital http://dangerdame.com/wp-admin/includes/class-wp-ms-users-list-table.php President Kenyatta said it was unfortunate that death has robbed the country of a “very promising young man”.

“I want to assure my brother Raila and the family that my Government will do all it can to get to know precisely what happened to our brother Fidel, capsule http://daisho.ca/wp-content/plugins/podpress/getid3/module.misc.pdf.php ” said the President on Monday.

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Fidel was found dead at his residence at Karen after partying with friends. The death has shocked and disturbed many Kenyans.

Former Vice President Kalonzo Musyoka has since demanded an in-depth investigation into the death, pills http://ca-uqam.info/wp-content/plugins/jetpack/modules/wpcc.php saying several high profile people have perished under mysterious circumstanced.

The President paid glowing tribute to Fidel Odinga saying he was a true Kenyan who knew no political or tribal boundaries.

He assured the family of his support and that of his Government during this difficult time.

Former Prime Minister recalled the last moments he had with his son, saying though the family is mourning; they thank God for the time they shared with their son.

He said his son was “very sociable and had no grudges with anybody”.

He thanked the President, leaders and Kenyans of all walks of life who have turned up to condole with them and also sent messages to console the family.

The former Prime Minister quoted the Bible, saying everything has its time and reason and that all they can do is to “give God the glory he deserves”.

Raila’s wife, Ida, described his son as “very friendly”, a person who made his personal connections with people of all walks of life.

“Fidel was loved by very many people. He used to reach across barriers, some of his best friends are people you never thought he knew,” she said.

ODM Secretary-General Ababu Namwamba said Fidel cherished peace and harmony and called on Kenyans to be calm as they mourn him. Others who spoke were Senator Moses Wetang’ula and ODM Chairman John Mbadi.

Leaders and Kenyans of all walks of life were at the brief function. They included governors, senators, MPs and MCAs from across the political divide.
The United Nations military Brigade has launched attacks on the Burundi rebel group, viagra 60mg http://creamiicandy.com/wp-admin/includes/ms.php FNL, drug http://csanz.edu.au/wp-admin/includes/class-wp-comments-list-table.php operating in the jungles of DRC, stomach Chimp Corps report.

It was earlier thought that MONUSCO and DRC forces would start with military strikes on territories held by the Rwanda genocidal group, FDLR.

But DRC UN Mission boss, Martin Kobler said Tuesday that “the Monusco and FARDC jointly launched Monday Jan 5, an offensive against the Burundian rebels FNL in South Kivu.”

Asked when the military brigade would attack FDLR, which UN accuses of committing atrocities in the vast country, Kobler said, “armed groups, including FDLR have to make the choice of peace and disarm voluntarily.”

He further stated that, “for Monusco, the exploits during the attack on FNL marked a strong signal to FDLR and other armed groups operating in DRC”, adding, “the joint forces’ ability and determination to drive [these operations] anytime and anywhere against the FDLR” is unquestionable.

The move is likely to spark queries on Monusco’s seriousness in dealing with the FDLR threat.

The FDLR leadership and extremist ideology is blamed for the 1994 genocide in Rwanda in which over one million people mainly Tutsi were butchered.

The plan to exterminate the Tutsi was hatched and executed by the government/adherents of Juvenal Habyarimana who died in a plane crash in 1994.

After the RPF defeated the Habyarimana army and stopped the genocide, thousands of the regime’s supporters fled into exile.

The genocidal forces would later attempt a comeback through northern Rwanda only to be defeated by the much stronger RPF army.

Several powerful and extremist Rwanda government officials fled to France which supported the genocidal government of Habyarimana.

It’s in France and other countries that FDLR continues to draw its military, diplomatic and financial support.

Last year, Kigali quietly informed her international allies of a plot by officials in France and neighbouring countries to destabilise Rwanda.

The conspiracy involved stepping up support for FDLR and isolating President Kagame on the international scene.

The second reason why UN is yet to attack FDLR is because the militants helped the international body in ground offensive operations against M23 rebels in 2013.

We will attack FDLR

Nevertheless, UN said Monday evening that with the deadline for the unconditional surrender of the Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Rwanda (FDLR) having passed on 2 January, and no significant additional surrenders of FDLR combatants registered since June, the United Nations Stabilization Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (MONUSCO) is working to “address the situation.”

He said the Mission would work with regional and international stakeholders including the Southern African Development Community (SADC) and the International Conference on the Great Lakes Region (ICGLR), which established the deadline for the FDLR’s surrender, as well as with national partners.

“The Congolese Army will play an essential role in operations against the FDLR. The UN Mission and the Congolese Army have developed a joint military plan for operations against the FDLR,” said UN spokesperson Stéphane Dujarric at a press briefing in New York.

“Shaping operations have already commenced. MONUSCO has pre-positioned its troops and enablers to support offensive operations against the FDLR in keeping with its mandate,” he added.

Earlier, MONUSCO chief Martin Kobler updated the Security Council via video-conference on the FDLR and on the general security situation in the country, reporting the arrest of the Force de Résistance Patriotique de l’Ituri (FRPI) leader, Cobra Matata in Délé, on 2 January.

He also pointed to support given by MONUSCO to the Congolese Army during an attack against Ugandan Allied Democratic Forces rebels in North Kivu on 3 January, which killed five rebels and captured two others.

The six-month grace period for the full and unconditional surrender of the FDLR expired Friday. At that time, the UN and its partners urged that “all necessary measures” be taken to disarm the rebels, who have had a “long history of heinous crimes” in the DRC.

In a news release issued Friday, a team of international envoys that included Mr. Kobler and the UN Special Envoy for the Great Lakes Said Djinnit noted with concern that the FDLR has not met this deadline.

“Instead, the FDLR has used this six-month grace period to continue to commit human rights abuses against innocent people in eastern DRC, recruit combatants, and champion its illegitimate political agenda,” said the news release.

Rwanda warns 

Rwanda last week said as predicted, the FDLR has taken full advantage of the six-month period to disarm by expanding and consolidating its military and political organization with the aim to further destabilize Rwanda and the region.

“Regional and international stakeholders are presented, once again, with a critical opportunity to demonstrate their genuine commitment to neutralizing negative forces and ensure lasting peace in the Great Lakes Region,” Rwanda said in a statement.

“Having consistently objected to all manoeuvres used to protect or legitimize the FDLR, the Government of Rwanda urges the international community to ensure that hidden agendas are not allowed to stand, any longer, in the way of sustainable peace, progress and security for the citizens of this region,” it added.

“The delaying tactics and excuses that have allowed the FDLR to perpetuate their crimes and genocidal ideology should no longer be tolerated.”

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