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DRC again sounds alarm over Rwanda 'aggression'

FILE - People displaced by conflict sit in a camp in Komanda, Ituri province, eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo, August 30, 2023

FILE - People displaced by conflict sit in a camp in Komanda, Ituri province, eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo, August 30, 2023

Kinshasa again sounded the alarm Thursday over the humanitarian tragedy being caused by Rwandan "aggression" inside the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), ahead of the UN General Assembly next week.

Communications minister Patrick Muyaya and Justice minister Rose Mutombo set out their case against Kigali in a news conference in the capital. They repeated allegations that DRC's eastern neighbour Rwanda has been backing the Tutsi-led M23 rebels, which Kigali has repeatedly denied.

The force has seized swaths of territory in North Kivu, on the two countries' border, since taking up arms again in late 2021 after years of dormancy. Muyaya referred to "irrefutable proof of criminal activities run by the Rwandan army with its M23 supporters."

Presenting an update of a previous white paper on the issue, he said the conflict had forced more than 2.3 million people to flee their homes and left hundreds of schools destroyed or occupied. It had also caused "incalculable" damage to the Virunga National Park and cost millions of dollars in customs receipts.

The conflict had also made it impossible to add people in the affected regions to the electoral roll, which would affect the general elections due in December, he added.

UN experts have also accused Rwanda of supporting the rebel force, and in July, the EU condemned the country's military presence in eastern DRC.

In August, Washington announced sanctions against six people, mainly rebel leaders they said had contributed to the recent escalation of the conflict in the DRC: Rwandan and Congolese citizens. Muyaya, while welcoming the recent diplomatic support, called for a more vigorous international response to the crisis.


0 #1 kabayekka 2023-09-16 16:01
Of course Rwandan aggression seems to be the main problem of the DRC.

Show me the friends you walk with and I will tell you your characters. DRC it seems has no other external or internal interests messing it up. Its own democracy and state policy on African human rights is certainly in a mess.

God knows why DRC is in that great friendship with the EA Union with Rwanda, and many more other African dictatorship countries?
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0 #2 Odongo Richard Otim 2023-09-16 17:18
Search for wealth has made African People very poor and Homeless, because it invites war as they invade other Countries in the name of supporting rebels as everyone is looking for themselves and the poor civilian has to suffer.

The International Community should open, their eyes to control this unnecessary urge for wealth.
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0 #3 Akot 2023-09-17 15:07
DRC, like Uganda, will be/remain under Rwandese aggressio, unless they wake up & UNITE to fight back & control their territories!

Tribalists Rwandese can't share power in Rwanda, but they want to own DRC & Uganda & make these lands Rwandese territories while pretending they are the good ones!

Time Congolese & Ugandans say NO to Rwandese or these demons will not stop trying to own DRC & Uganda!

Uganda & DRC are in more danger as USA/UK/EU/UN consider Kagame's Rwanda a decocracy well governed peaceful land & shut eyes & ears on how Rwandese not wanted in Rwande are fighting to own DRC & Uganda as their birth rights!
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