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“Because of MONUSCO’s failure to fulfill its mandate of protecting civilians, it may be best for it to pull out of the DRC altogether so that its huge budget, estimated at a staggering $1.5 billion per year, can be diverted to organizations like OXFAM, DOCTORS WITHOUT BORDERS, CHRISTIAN AID, CARITAS and other local Congolese NGOs who provide a far better effective and transparent service,” stated Karuranga.
He added: “It pains us to note that in the DRC, HRW has lost direction by its apparent or imagined partiality in its reports on the DRC an impression that daily corrodes its reputation.”
The United Nations announced on April 17, 2013 that it was going to probe claims of rape of 126 women by the Armed Forces of the Democratic Republic of Congo (FARDC) army between November 16 and 20 2012.
RPP then wrote a letter President Obama and David Cameron about this very serious issue of grave violations of women’s human rights, being carried out with total impunity.
In this letter dated May 6, 2013, Karuranga states to have been humbled by both the governments’ interest in the matter. “We would like to thank in particular Hon. William Hague MP, the UK Foreign Secretary and the UN Special Envoy on Sex and Violence in the DRC, Ms Angelina Jolie, for their surprise visit to the Ngoro refugee camp.”
He also appreciates the courage unveiled by Ms Zainabu Hawa Bangura, the UN’s Special Representative on Sexual Violence in Conflict, to personally come face-to-face with the generals in charge of the units alleged to be responsible for raping 126 women in Eastern DRC towns of Minova, in November 2012.
However, Karuranga noted that to tackle the culture of rape impunity in the DRC requires addressing its root causes, especially the endemic conflict and social and economic instability in which the country has been mired since the early 1960s.
“A knee jerk approach that focuses on the symptoms rather the causes of the use of rape as a weapon of war would more likely be bound to fail. We believe the DRC women would be more grateful in preventive mechanisms rather than just responding to a crisis that has engulfed them for decades,” he stated.
He also remarked that the only tangible preventive mechanism suitable to the needs of the DRC women is for the G8 to throw its weight behind the DRC-M23 peace talks currently going on in Uganda.
“We believe that any invasion that would disregard the current peace talks going on in Uganda will be disastrous and counterproductive, with far reaching consequences that may trigger regional wars.”
Karuranga added that it is better to be proactive in tackling the causes of wars than reacting to the tragic events that happened.
“Let the international community engage M23 constructively rather than listening to profound and fabricated misinformation coming from people who don’t have a clue about what is going on within the M23 camp or those with ulterior motives,” he said.
He asserted that one of the peaceful way would be to release the political prisoners in DRC including Mr Etienne Tshisekedi wa Mulumba, currently confined under house arrest.
“We are convinced that the release of political prisoners and the firm commitment of the Kabila government to the democratic process and the rule of law, including the organization of new credible, free and fair elections, would be the first building block in a process that would usher in a new era of peace and stability in Eastern DRC and indeed in the entire region,” affirmed Karuranga.
He stated that UN, MONUSCO and other 56 agencies operating in the Kivu cannot make credible interlocutors in the DRC since some of their elements are alleged to have been complicit in the crimes committed.
These crimes; range from rape, genocide, plundering DRC minerals and resources, arms trafficking, making false statements and spreading fear and terror, in refugee camps in order to prevent refugees from returning to their communities and villages.
Karuranga therefore noted: “We believe that it is only independent and neutral investigative agencies that can provide a credible probe and recommendations needed to safeguard the rights and dignity of DRC women and children.”
MONUSCO’s forensic report reveals that hundreds of allegations of sexual abuse were reportedly committed by peacekeepers (from Morocco, Nepal, Pakistan, South Africa, Tunisia and Uruguay) in Congo, and that there were likely hundreds more that were never reported; commanders were allegedly resisting measures to curb such abuses.
The report also revealed that in DRC, there was rape, corruption and exploitation of DRC source giving example that “Staff members in the UN peacekeeping mission in the DRC used UN vehicles without authorization to transport sacks of a precious mineral into a neighboring country.”
In the FARDC report, one Congolese soldier recounts the crimes he and his comrades committed in Minova. He confessed: “We did whatever we wanted.” The 22-year-old Mateso added: “Twenty-five of us gathered together and said we should rape 10 women each, and we did it. I’ve raped 53 women. And children of five or six years old. “I didn’t rape because I am angry, but because it gave us a lot of pleasure.”
Karuranga revealed to have acquired these confessions from the Guardian and BBC reporters and therefore called upon other media houses and individuals who may have documented other horrific and abominable crimes against these women trapped in “The Triangle of Death” and other parts of the DRC to come forward with any information. “This may help the international community to bring to justice those who have committed these crimes,” he said.
He further noted that DRC people have very poor opinion of MONUSCO as it has not delivered even a fraction of its mandate to protect Congolese people. “No wonder many people in DRC refer to its soldiers as “tourists,” he said.
He added: “For the women of DRC, when someone talks about FARDC, MONUSCO and some of the NGOs, they feel terror.”
Karuranga instead demanded the UN to order MONUSCO To pull out of DRC since it is causing more harm than good.
“We believe it is high time for the UN to take full responsibility for the catalogue of failure by MONUSCO. In particular, we ask that Mr Meece, Head of the MONUSCO in the DRC reconsiders his position because he is not capable of managing such a complex and sensitive issue such as peace keeping and is not fit for purpose.”
He went ahead to ask Mr Kenneth Roth, the Chief Executive of HRW, to review the work of his researchers in the DRC, especially the London based researcher, responsible for the DRC.
Karuranga further added that the international community can no longer afford to ignore the plight of the Congolese people, especially that of women and children and appealed for an end to their suffering.