DRC: Uganda Has Interests In M23

DRC Government spokesman, Lambert Mende.

The Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) government delegation has left Ugandan-hosted talks with M23 rebels after the two sides failed to agree on the wording of a document due to officially end the insurgency.

DRC Government spokesman, Lambert Mende.
DRC Government spokesman, Lambert Mende.

A spokesman for the DRC government, Lambert Mende, blamed mediator Uganda for the breakdown.

“Uganda seems now to be acting as part of the conflict. It has interests in M23,” he said.

The failure to sign a document to end the conflict shows the deep mistrust in the region, a barrier standing in the way of long-term peace despite the defeat of the M23’s 20-month insurgency by Congo’s United Nations-backed army.

Okello Oryem, Uganda’s junior foreign affairs minister, said he expected it would take a few more days before any deal could be signed. Oryem did not comment on Congolese accusations that Uganda was backing the rebels.

Mende said the government was not prepared to sign a deal with a rebel movement that had already declared its own dissolution. Kinshasa wants the rebels to pledge not to take up arms again, he said.

Despite the demise of M23, a plethora of other rebel groups operate in Congo’s mineral-rich east, which is also riddled with conflicts over land, ethnicity and access to resources.


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4 thoughts on “DRC: Uganda Has Interests In M23

  1. This reminds me of the period the Palestanians hijacked an Air France plane and landed it at Entebbe International Airport with over 100 Israeli hostages: President Idi Amin became the spokesman for the hijackers!

  2. DRC you are spot on. I have earlier on argued that there is no reason whatsoever why DRC should sign any agreement with M23. These rebels waged war on a democratically elected government and thank God, they have been beaten thoroughly and defeated at their own game. If they are to enter DRC, they should be ready to face the law for treasonable offenses, for killing people and displacing others. But instead, the hypocritical Uganda is helping these defeated rebels to go back to Congo as privileged people, as if they have done anything developmental for their country!! These are criminals – they should not be given anything, less than jail. That is why I salute the DRC team for having made that firm decision. Don’t accept Uganda’s manoeuvrings. At the very minimum, M23 rebels should apply for amnesty upon denouncing rebellion and be re-integrated into Congolese society as ordinary people. That is what Uganda has been doing with its own rebels.

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