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M23 Warn Kabila on ‘Deteriorating Situation’ in Eastern Congo

M23 leader Makenga after being defeated by a coalition of regional forces

The Go Forward camp has praised the ruling of the Supreme Court which allowed an amended petition challenging the election of President Yoweri Museveni, there information pills http://cinselistekartirici.org/wp-content/plugins/wp-socializer/includes/wpsr-socialbuttons.php Chimp Corps report.

The Amended Presidential Election Petition Pre-Hearing Session has broken the grounds for a deeper legal dispensation. This amendment substantiates the petition filed by Rt. Hon. Amama Mbabazi on 3rd March 2016, information pills ” said Go Forward Chief of Staff, Solome Nakaweesi.

“The amendments introduced new arguments on voter bribery with supporting evidence as well as some of the petitioner’s votes given to Yoweri Kaguta Museveni,” she added.

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Museveni’s lawyers had argued against amending the petition, saying Mbabazi’s camp should simply tender new evidence.

They further posited that Museveni would suffer “immense prejudice if the amendment is allowed” and that an “Amendment is a disguised rejoinder which is not allowed.”

The amended petition prays that court compels the Electoral Commission to produce the tally sheets, Declaration of Results Forms and the discs embedded in the Biometric Voter Verification System (BVVS) machines as part of the evidence to support the argument on non-compliance by the Electoral Commission.

The amendment roots for a recount of presidential ballots in the districts of: Kampala, Wakiso, Jinja, Kiruhura, Sembabule, Bundibugyo, Bukomansimbi, Sheema, Arua, Amuria, Kasese, Gulu, Lamwo, Lira, Kisoro, Apac, Moroto, Mpigi, Ntungamo, Palliisa, Rukungiri, Nakasongola, Kabale, Kamwenge, Kyenjojo, Sironko, Kanungu, Kalungu, Isingiro, Rakai, Kaabong, Nakaseke, Amuru, Gomba, Kyankwanzi, Butambala, Rubirizi, Buhweju, Kween, Soroti, Luwero, Mubende and Serere.

Solome said this is deemed necessary and practical to determine the substantial effect of malpractices and non-compliance in the conduct of the 2016 election.

“The ruling of the court today favoring the hearing of the amendment proves that amendments are a routine in the dispensation of justice. We are hopeful that the last session of the pre-hearing conference scheduled for Thursday 10th March 2016 shall agree on timelines, procedures and arguments and will end amicably paving way for a smooth hearing scheduled for Monday 14th March 2016,” she added.

After receiving copies of the filed amended petition, Museveni’s lawyers are said to have returned to the drawing board to draft a response.

Mbabazi scored 1.4 percent of the total vote count against Museveni’s 60.8 percent. Dr Kizza Besigye came second in the race with 35 percent of the tallied votes.
 

The demobilised rebel M23 Movement has said it will not look on idly as the government of President Joseph Kabila falls short of addressing the ‘deteriorating security situation’ in the Eastern part of the Democratic Republic of Congo.

“The M23 Movement’s Political Directorate is very concerned about the socio-political and security situation prevailing in the province of North Kivu that seriously undermines regional peace and stability, visit this site http://cbpa.com/wp-includes/class-wp-oembed-controller.php ” M23’s political head, malady http://centrodelasartesslp.gob.mx/home/wp-includes/class-walker-page-dropdown.php Bertrand Bisiimwa told ChimpReports on Tuesday.

He revealed that militia groups continue to commit atrocities in Beni (Mabu, http://cfsk.org/wp-includes/class-wp-customize-nav-menus.php Eringeti), Lubero (Miriki), Masisi (Kichanga), Rutshuru (Bwito, Busanza), which includes burning of houses, ravaging farms, looting livestock, and routine kidnappings.

Bisiimwa, whose movement was defeated in 2013 by a joint force of troops from South Africa, DRC, Malawi and Tanzania; said robberies, hold-up of transport vehicles and inter-ethnic conflicts in Goma, Masisi, Walikale, Lubero and Rutshuru were getting out of hand.

The M23 Movement said this situation was caused by government’s failure to implement the provisions of March 23 2009 Agreement between the National Congress for the Defense of the People, (CNDP) and the DRC Government.

Following the outbreak of war in Eastern Congo in 2012, the M23 commanded by Brig Sultan Makenga captured the provincial town of Goma and threatened to move towards Kinshasa.

Regional leaders prevailed over Makenga to lead his men out of the strategic town as a confidence-building measure to start peace talks.

Interestingly, DRC and its allies later bombed M23 bases until the rebels fled to Uganda and Rwanda.

The rebels and government signed in Nairobi a peace declaration calling for the neutralization of different national and foreign armed groups that roam the Eastern part of the country,

To this end, the Government pledged to work with the UN mission in DRC (MONUSCO) to improve security in conflict areas, protect civilians and address the problem of negative forces.

For each of areas of returning refugees, the Government undertook to secure, service and make these areas attractive; accelerate the deployment of the Community policing and implementation of basic development projects and social reintegration; revitalize and expand local conciliation committees.

The Government further committed to setting up a National Reconciliation Commission with a mandate to promote national reconciliation and the peaceful resolution of conflicts; address and recommend appropriate legislation against ethnic discrimination and incitement to hatred; settle or resolve ethnic conflicts, including land disputes; provide civic education to promote peaceful coexistence, to better understand the rights and responsibilities of citizenship and to strengthen patriotism.

Reneging on promises

Curiously, said Bisiimwa, the Government has “always refused to be part of this logic, because clearly it feeds on inter-ethnic conflicts to maintain instability in Kivu. And whenever the situation tends to rot, it bounces to play the firefighter.”

He said the “stubbornness to maintain this kind of state among local ethnic communities reveals unequivocal intention to push the civilians to arm themselves and kill each other to create an artificial crisis which would make sections of the country ungovernable. This allows the Government to virtually create a common enemy to Congolese people that will serve as a scapegoat for its inability to respect the social contract that binds to the people.”

He also called for the release of activists only identified as Lucha and Filimbi who were recently arrested during demonstrations.

Demands

The M23 made demands from the DRC government which include implementing all the provisions of March 23rd 2009 Agreement and Nairobi Declarations of December 12 2013,  “especially those concerning peace, security and peaceful coexistence among all our ethnic communities in the disaster areas.”

Bisiimwa said his movement also wants government to put in place a fund to support programmes for strengthening security, national reconciliation, peaceful coexistence and reconstruction of disaster areas for a period of 5 years.

Asked what specific action would be taken if the government does not respond to their demands, a high ranking M23 official responded: “We think government will look into our concerns and address them. But we will not let the situation deteriorate further.”

Bisiimwa said the United Nations should “put an end to procrastination and hesitation of their Intervention Brigade which gathers so many pretexts to evade its obligation to effectively neutralize the FDLR and ADF.”

He emphasised that the Intervention Brigade has the mandate to “conduct military operations unilaterally against armed groups, especially where innocent civilians are dying by the hundreds.”

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