Nov 22 (Reuters) – History seems to repeat itself in Democratic Republic of Congo.
Once again, armed rebels are on the move in the vast central African country’s eastern borderlands with Rwanda and Uganda.
This Great Lakes area, where colonial era borders cut at random through ethnic groups, has in the last 20 years been a crucible of conflict and ethnic rivalry that has launched multiple uprisings and invasions, at least one even reaching the Congolese capital Kinshasa 1,000 miles to the west.
The latest Tutsi insurgents, calling themselves M23 and mirroring a previous 2004-2009 revolt, this week easily seized the North Kivu provincial capital of Goma and say they too want to “liberate” Congo and march to Kinshasa. Source
Also, make sure you read The tragedy of Goma, Shame on UN and Rwanda’s Western allies by Theogene Rudasingwa.
With the birth of M23, the Kigali regime re-engineered the mutation of an old proxy force, the CNDP, into a new one with the same agenda: 1) weaken DRC, 2) loot its natural resources, 3) pretend that Rwanda can now solve the problem by paying lip-service to negotiations, 4) deceive the world that Rwanda is after Rwandan armed groups, especially FDLR and 5) use this presence in DRC to manipulate the international community against looking at the problems within Rwanda itself. In all this President Kagame’s trademarks remain deception, total disregard for human life, and disrespect to the international community.