DR Congo Will Do ‘Everything’ To Take Back Captured Territory

The country’s Defence Minister made the assurances after he answered questions from members of parliament and senators at a joint session of the Parliament.

The government of the DR Congo has promised to do all in its power to ensure that areas captured by the March 23 (M23) rebels are recuperated as soon as possible.

This declaration was made by the DR Congo Minister of National Defense and Ex-combatants, Gilbert Kabanda, after being quizzed by the defence and security commissions of the National Assembly and Senate on November 2.

“The national opinion can be reassured by the fact that the government will do everything, I mean everything, so that we can rapidly recuperate the spaces conquered by the enemy”, Gilbert Kabanda told the press.

The defence minister made the remarks while flanked by the leaders of the defence and security commission from both wings of the parliament, national assembly member Bertin Mubonzi and Senator Kpama Baramoto Kata Philemon.

On October 30, the DR Congo government announced the expulsion of the Rwandan ambassador to Congo as fighting intensified in the eastern provinces between the national army, FARDC and combatants of the M23 movement whom the Congolese government accuses of being supported by Rwanda.

The expulsion decision was taken during a meeting of the DR Congo higher defence council presided over by President Felix Tshisekedi, who reported of the “massive arrival of elements of the Rwandan armed forces” to support the M23 “with a view to launching a general offensive against positions of the Congolese armed forces”.

The increased tension in the eastern DR Congo has also led the United Nations Organisation Stabilisation Mission in the DR Congo (MONUSCO) to “increase the level of alert” of its troops supporting the Congolese armed forces in their operations against the M23 rebels.

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Chief Bisong Etahoben is a Cameroonian investigative journalist and traditional ruler. He writes for international media and has participated in several transnational investigations. Etahoben won the first-ever Cameroon Investigative Journalist Award in 1992. He serves as a member of a number of international investigative journalism professional bodies including the Forum for African Investigative Reporters (FAIR). He is HumAngle's Francophone and Central Africa editor.

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