DR Congo Gov’t Accuses Rwanda Of Promoting M23 Rebel Group

The DR Congo government told the African Union Executive Council at a meeting in Malabo, Equatorial Guinea, that it was sure Rwanda was behind attacks by the rebel group, M23, in North Kivu province.

The Government of the Democratic Republic of Congo has accused Rwanda of being behind M23 rebel attacks on DR Congo’s territories, particularly in North Kivu province. 

Christophe Lutundula Apala Pen’Apala, DR Congo’s Vice Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs said on Wednesday, May 25, during the meeting of the African Union Executive Council held in Malabo, Equatorial Guinea, that Rwanda was supporting the M23 rebel group.

“Rwanda is advancing. Ten minutes ago, I said without hesitation that Rwanda has attacked the Rumangabo camp in DR Congo,” Pen’Apala said.

“How come today that we are celebrating the birth of our alma mater, when we should reflect on our future, people can behave as if nothing is happening? I say clearly, that the M23 supported by Rwanda has attacked MONUSCO international troops. We cannot remain indifferent. We cannot remain without saying anything.”

He disclosed that DR Congo would make a political statement tomorrow (Thursday, May 26) or after tomorrow. 

“They have told us that political declarations are made in front of heads of state. I have taken note. I want that we should have it in our consciences that terrorism is not only the terrorism of ideology. There is terrorism with political motivation, there is terrorism with economic motivation,” he declared.

“The DR Congo knows something that is true. There are countries that believe in the African Union, our organisation, but there are countries that are mocking us. We cannot continue to tolerate anti-constitutional changes.”

“Let us not treat the problem from the surface. We must attack the roots. We should look at ourselves in the mirror of governance, in the mirror of the hopes of our people.”

HumAngle learnt that a meeting was also held on Wednesday, May 25, in Kinshasa, the DR Congo capital, where the suspicions against Rwanda were also discussed.

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