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Projet: Talk show club de la presse "Urubuga rw'itangazamakuru"

Activité:Summary of weekly radio talk-show « Emission Club de la Presse: "Urubuga rw’Itangazamakuru "

Date:29/01/2020

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The talk show “Urubuga rw'Itangazamakuru” (Club de la Presse) of this 26th January, 2020 in synergy by ten radios and 1 Television (TV Isango star) focused on “What do the current military operations in eastern DRC mean to Rwanda and the East African region in general ?"

On 29th October 2019, the Congolese army launched a major military operation against armed groups in the eastern part of the country, with the ambition to completely eradicate them, including Ugandan rebels of Allied Democratic Forces (ADF), the genocidaire FDLR and its many offshoots, the terrorist RNC, FLN and a motley collection RED TABARA from Burundi, as well as local Congolese militia Maï-Maï.

Close to 2, 000 people have been handed over to Rwanda since the operations began, including more than 300 militias mainly members of CNRD and over 70 FDLR members.

It was claimed that there may be an invisible hand behind the ongoing operations conducted by FARDC and some said they are facilitated by Rwanda Defense Force (RDF).

Key question in the talk show were:

  • Do peace operations in eastern DRC constitute a geopolitical advantage for Rwanda?
  • Are the armed groups in eastern DRC coming to an end?
  •  Is this political will of the DRC government to eliminate the armed groups a sustainable way of peace in the sub-region and in Rwanda?

Invitees:

  1. Amb. Olivier NDUHUNGIREHE: State Minister of Foreign Affairs in Charge of East African Community
  2.  Joseph HAKUZWUMUREMYI /Analyst
  3.  Mark RAMBA /Journalist

According to Olivier NDUHUNGIREHE, these rebel groups most often chosen the eastern part of the DRC because of the weakness of the former goverment , or some of them are prosecuted by the justice of the countries coming (example, case of the FDLR Rwandans) and they have no other choice.

He said that the first motive of current operations is the good political will of the new DRC President Etienne Tshisekedi.  He denied the presence of RDF in DRC but said the only support Rwanda provides is sharing information.

“We do to track rebels and what we help DRC is to share that information directing them where rebels are based.” Nduhungirehe

He added that this has a paramount impact on Rwanda and the region as well and the fact is that some rebels have been repatriated.

About the issue of balkanization, he said that there is not, and has never existed any plan to take any part of Congo.

Joseph HAKUZWUMUREMYI argued that these armed groups and other militias that occupy the part of the East Congo take advantage in trading minerals and from them they buy military equipment that they use in inhuman acts to innocent citizens.

It was concluded that, there is still hope to fight against these militias since many things were done under the political will of new Congolese President Félix Antoine Tshisekedi Tshilombo. Invitees said that there should be a joint operation backed up by all region countries.

"Armed groups in Democratic Republic of Congo’s eastern Kivu provinces have killed 1,900 civilians and abducted more than 3,300 others between June 2017 and June 2019," Human Rights Watch said in a report released in August 2019.

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