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Conspiracy: first rwanda now Uganda who is really funding the M23 rebels in DRC

Discussion in 'Kenyan News and Politics' started by mkenya1987, Oct 17, 2012.

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    mkenya1987 Member

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    The recent release of a UN report claims that Uganda and Rwanda jointly financing arming and running the DRC rebels. The report which was done by UN experts. I seriously fail to see how both countries would benefit from an unstable neighbour and i have serious doubts on these western backed fact finding missions. the other day didn't they accuse Ghana of harbouring mercenaries allegedly plotting to oust the Ivorian government and even it turns out that one of the reports on genocide on hutu refugees by Rwandan soldiers was found to be deeply flawed to the point of being fictitious, and do you remember in the 90's when the WHO an agency of the UN kept giving numbers of people dying of HIV/AIDS the numbers didn't add up cause when calculated it showed that close to 70% of Africans had AIDS or had died from AIDS. The UN is controlled by the west and whatever the say goes i fear that this particular report has an ulterior motive. I'm not saying that M7 and Kagame are saints but i fail to see the benefit in helping M23 rebels

    UN experts say Rwanda and Uganda backing DR Congo


    UNITED NATIONS — A UN expert panel accused Rwanda's defense minister of being the "de facto" commander of a rebellion in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, according to a confidential report seen by AFP.

    The report accused both Rwanda and Uganda of arming and supporting the M23 rebels, whose members are former fighters in an ethnic Tutsi rebel movement theoretically integrated into the Congolese military under a 2009 peace deal.

    This is not the first time the two central African nations have been accused of backing rebels in a proxy war in eastern Congo, allegations they have consistently denied.

    In June, in an interim report, the same UN panel said it had "overwhelming evidence" that senior Rwandan Defense Forces officers "have been backstopping the rebels through providing weapons, military supplies, and new recruits."

    In the updated, more detailed report, the experts -- who are tasked with monitoring the implementation of UN sanctions in Congo -- said they have "found no substantive element of its previous finding which it wishes to alter."

    The report alleged that the M23 "de facto chain of command includes General Bosco Ntaganda and culminates with the Rwandan minister of Defense, General James Kabarebe."

    The renegade general Ntaganda is wanted for war crimes by the International Criminal Court.

    The report said the government of Rwanda continues to violate the arms embargo through direct military support to M23 rebels, encouraging Congolese soldiers to desert, and providing arms, intelligence and political advice.

    And in Uganda, senior officials gave support "in the form of direct troop reinforcements in DRC territory, weapons deliveries, technical assistance, joint planning, political advice and facilitation of external relations."

    The report said Ugandan and Rwandan military units jointly supported M23 in a series of attacks in July 2012 to take over the major towns of Rutshuru territory and a Congolese military base, Rumangabo.

    During the July clashes, a UN peacekeeper from India was killed.

    According to the experts, "the rebels expanded their control over Rutshuru territory with extensive foreign support in July 2012 and have recently taken advantage of an informal ceasefire to enhance alliances and command proxy operations elsewhere."

    They added that "the use and recruitment of child soldiers by armed groups, notably by M23, has increased," with "the enrollment and training of hundreds of young boys and girls" and "certain M23 commanders have ordered the extra-judicial executions of dozens of recruits and prisoners of war."

    Both Rwanda and Uganda have again denied strenuously that they support the M23 rebellion.

    Rwandan foreign minister Louise Mushikiwabo accused the authors of the report of mounting a "determined political campaign opposed to resolving true causes of conflict" in the Congo.

    Her Ugandan counterpart, Henry Okello Oryem, called the report "a joke" and called on the experts to produce their evidence.

    He told AFP Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni will continue mediation efforts in the region, saying leaders there would give no credit to UN report.

    The M23 rebel fighters were incorporated into the DR Congo army in 2009 as part of a peace deal in the troubled, mineral-rich eastern region. They quit the army this year in a dispute over salaries and poor conditions.

    Copyright © 2012 AFP. All rights reserved
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    Mkenya lisimwalo lipo, inawezekana wanahusika kwa njia moja au nyingine, na lazima kuna benefits.. ngoja watu wa politiki wachangie
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    Rwanda has strategic interests in the DRC and that cannot be denied. The first is that there are Rwandan rebels based in the DRC. Some groups are remnants of the Rwandan army and militias which carried out the genocide in Rwanda in the early 1990s. So it is in the interest of Rwanda to keep a buffer territory between its border with DRC and the parts under the influence of what they usually call 'negative forces'. They do this by supporting militias commanded and made up of ethnic Tutsis based in Eastern DRC. Secondly, Rwanda is benefiting economically from the chaos in Eastern DRC. Rwanda trade statistics show it exporting some high value minerals such as coltan, which is used in computers and mobile phones, but Rwanda is not known to have either reserves or active mines for such minerals. To that add gold and forest products which are extracted in DRC and exported through Rwanda (most likely) by Tutsi Congolese in cooperation with Rwandans (whether it is officially or unofficially it does not matter). So the so much trumpeted economic transformation of Rwanda is not divorced from what is happening in Eastern DRC. Thirdly, it is a known fact that the indigenous people of Eastern DRC consider the people of Rwandan (Tutsi) origin occupying parts of their lands as invaders who have caused them much suffering. Given a chance they would drive them out of their country. If that happened where would they go? Rwanda would be the most likely place of refuge. Given Rwanda's population density and its lack of land and other resources it would not like that to happen. So it is in Rwanda's interest to support its kinsmen in Eastern DRC so as to avoid that eventuality. As for Uganda, key top brass in the Ugandan Army have business interests in the DRC. The more chaotic it is the better for them.