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M23 Warns SA Against Troop Deployment In DRC

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Bisiimwa regret the deployment of South African troops comes at a time when M23 is engaged in peace talks with DRC in Kampala under the mediation of President Yoweri Museveni., the chairman of the International conference of the Great Lakes Region (ICGLR) “and on the recommendation of the 11 countries of the Great Lakes Region.”

The UN last month resolved to deploy an “Intervention Brigade” in DRC to fight rebels including M23.

South Africa, Tanzania and Zimbabwe are expected to contribute troops to the Brigade.


Observers say the move could plunge the region into another era of conflict and bloodshed and also jeopardize the peace talks in Kampala.

Bisiimwa told the South Africa Parliament that UN had transformed a peacekeeping mission into a belligerent force, entrusted with an offensive mission to “extend the reign of an army with highest rates of crime and rape in the world and rescue the most corrupt regime in the world.”

He further notes that corruption and poor governance is the main cause of failure of the Congolese Government.

Bisiimwa’s letter comes at a point when Zuma is facing political pressure over the death of 13 South African soldiers in CAR as they propped up ousted President Francois Bozize’s regime last month.

The M23 leader says his group is ready to “kill the soldiers of the UN Brigade in defence of their territory.”

“This decision (deployment) is an evil precedent. This is why, M23 invites the Parliament and the people of the South Africa to consider and convince the Government not to send their sons and daughters of their good nation in an absurd war against their Congolese brothers,” said Bisiimwa.

He commiserated with families of SA soldiers killed in CAR.

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