Mbidde Warns Against New Rebel Groups In DRC

website remedy geneva; font-size: small; line-height: 19.5pt;”>In an exclusive interview, Mbidde told ChimpReports on Monday that the wrangling in the Democratic Republic of Congo is a governance problem where by the government of President Joseph Kabila is not conclusive in administering the walls of DRC territory because it is weak.

“I can assure you; new groups under different names will emerge to pursue the same goal due to the political problems that exist in DR. Congo which unfortunately, haven’t been solved,” he clairified.

Mbidde also explained that the scramble for resources has also created decisions that are varying at the level of the UN where France, Belgium and South Africa are intending to scramble for Oil, Diamonds and Urenium within Vungi and Virunga forests.

“These went on to administer a UN resolution thereby misinterpreting Article 7 of the UN charter to include force of arms against fighting groups,” Mbidde noted.

The said Article 41 of chapter 7 of the UN Charter reads: The Security Council may decide what measures not involving the use of armed force are to be employed to give effect to its decisions, and it may call upon the Members of the United Nations to apply such measures. These may include complete or partial interruption of economic relations and of rail, sea, air, postal, telegraphic, radio, and other means of communication, and the severance of diplomatic relations.


He further elaborated that this has created a lot of hardships which will cost the East African Community time to resolve since the conflicts in DR. Congo have alienated Tanzania from the three East African member states of Uganda, Kenya and Rwanda.

The M23 Insurgence

On April 4, 2012, a group of around 300 soldiers and former members of the National Congress for the Defence of the People (CNDP) – turned against the DRC government, citing poor conditions in the army and the government’s unwillingness to implement the 23 March 2009 peace deal.

This rebel military group called itself the March 23 Movement (M23) aka the Congolese Revolutionary Army, and camped in eastern areas of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), mainly operating in the province of North Kivu.

The group was involved in an armed conflict with the DRC government for a year or so.

On 20th November 2012, M23 took control of Goma, a provincial capital with a population of one million people, but was requested to evacuate it by the International Conference on the Great Lakes Region because the DRC government had finally agreed to negotiate with them.

Recently, Congolese troops, along with UN troops, retook control of Goma and M23 announced a ceasefire, saying it wanted to resume peace talks.

Only last week, after a long time of fighting, their commander, Brig Sultani Makenga surrendered to Uganda ending the rebellion.

Makenga then led 1,500 soldiers to Mgahinga National Park where they laid down their arms.

A peace deal was to be signed between the government and the rebels as a final step to ending the rebellion for good.

Peace Deal Goes Sour

However, the government of Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) twisted itself like an axe on its handle and refused to sign the peace deal with the M23 Rebel Movement, calling for the editing of the final text to remove the word ‘agreement.’

Despite the mediator Crispus Kiyonga’s several hours’ negotiations with the DRC representatives in Kampala, the deal is not yet signed.

The DRC officials maintained that M23 which renounced the rebellion last week is not yet a registered political party and that there is no way government can agree to terms with a non-existent entity.

According to Uganda government spokesperson, Ofwono Opondo, said the signing ceremony had been postponed indefinitely and that if both parties wish to pen their signatures on the documents, the facilitator (Defence Minister Crispus Kiyonga) will give a new date.

Meanwhile, the Uganda government has cancelled a press briefing which was scheduled for Tuesday morning in Kampala to explain circumstances under which a peace deal that was set to be signed between the DRC government and the M23 rebel Movement flopped.

Our sources have confirmed that president Yoweri Kaguta Museveni has not taken kindly to president Kabila’s decision.

“Kiyonga and President Museveni who spearheaded the talks are angry with DRC’s conduct. We do not know where this will take the relations between the two countries,” said a source at State House, Entebbe on Tuesday.

It is against that background that EALA representative Mukasa Mbidde is confident that new rebel groups are apt to spring up in the Democratic Republic of Congo protesting such shortcomings.

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