shop geneva;”>Addressing press in Kinshasha on Monday afternoon, Mende gave a long statement, which he said focused on “the aggression against our country from the territory of Rwanda.”
“The Rwanda Defence Minister James Kabarebe is impassionate about justifying the most heinous criminal behavior of the pseudo mutiny – the M23 that his government claims is purely Congolese,” said Mende.
DRC was apparently infuriated by Kabarebe’s interview with renowned Belgian journalist, Colette Braeckman in which he narrated how a Congolese intelligence chief found him in a hotel room and asked for forgiveness for fabricating lies to cover Kinshasa’s weaknesses.
In the interview, Kabarebe accused Congolese officials of fabricating evidence to link Rwanda to M23, falling short of providing enough food to its soldiers and segregating CNDP combatants (now M23) who had been integrated in FARDC in 2009.
Mende said Kabarebe’s involvement in destabilizing Kivu can easily be deduced from the interview when he said the Congolese government was “wrong to refuse to listen to his guidance” in dealing with the M23.
Kabarebe said he had asked DRC not to pursue the path of war against M23 as the situation would explode but Kinshasha turned a deaf ear.
He had instead advised that Kinshasha holds talks with the defectors than hunt them down with guns.
Mende said the “Rwandan general Kabarebe is out of the woods to rescue his creatures M23, a movement which he says is purely Congolese basing on the most outlandish theories.”
“The magic of words cannot deceive the world and eliminate or mitigate Kabarebe’s responsibility in the destabilization of Kivu. In this case, the position of the Government of the DRC is circumscribed in one word: resistance,” added Mende.
“Our resistance to the aggression of Rwanda requires support from the international community to take decisive action through the Security Council which remains indispensable if we want to achieve a change in behavior of most of the leaders of this country,” he added.
Mende described Rwanda leaders as “arrogant and contemptuous in their management of a major crisis for which they bear a heavy responsibility.”
“We know that the M23 has tried to suggest that the Goma agreements of 2009 between the Congolese government and several armed movements which then operated in the Kivu, CNDP, its former name, were not respected,” elaborated Mende.
“The facts establish beyond reasonable doubt that the peace agreement in Goma was respected as established unequivocally. Former Nigerian President Olusegun Obasanjo assured that the negotiation and monitoring of the implementation was effective,” said Mende.
“On the political level, senior ex-CNDP held in the country including important functions in the province of North Kivu and in the territorial administration. On the military level, grades were found for ex-CNDP combatants including some high in the ranks of General,” noted Mende.
“The arrogant and discourteous Rwandan Minister’s claims about the ineffectiveness of the Congolese leadership are indicative of a state of mind which is unhealthy in the upper echelons of power in Rwanda in respect of the DRC and its people,” said Mende.
Chimpreports on Saturday reported that the war of words between Kinshasha and Kigali has lately escalated with fears hitting boiling levels that the countries could resort to war.
Rwanda has vehemently denied reports of reinforcing the M23 with recruits and weapons, saying they had not contributed even a single bullet to the conflict.
Special Congo Meeting In Tanzania
Meanwhile, in a related development, latest reports coming in indicate that Tanzania
President Jakaya Kikwete has convened a meeting of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) Organ on Politics, Defence and Security Cooperation to discuss among other issues the war in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).
Kikwete is the newly elected chairperson of the Troika Organ scheduled to meet in Dar es Salaam.
Tanzania Daily News is reporting that a Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation Ministry statement said that in attendance will be other members of the Organ, including the SADC chairperson, President Armando Guebuza of Mozambique.
Others include the Deputy Chair of the Organ – Namibian President Hifikepunye Pohamba and the immediate former chair, South African President Jacob Zuma.
The statement said the officials were expected to arrive in Dar es Salaam starting Tuesday evening.
Kikwete had observed in Maputo last month when assuming the Organ’s leadership that the people in eastern DRC have suffered for too long, hence the need for SADC’s immediate intervention.
Unconfirmed reports had it that DRC President Joseph Kabila and his Rwandan counterpart, President Paul Kagame, are also expected to attend today’s meeting.