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The Revenge of a Congolese Militia Leader

Posted by African Press International on May 25, 2008

Publisher: Korir, africanpress@getmail.no

By Scott A Morgan

Once again the situation in the Kivu Provinces of the Democratic Republic of the Congo has taken another strange turn. This time however the conduit for this potential crisis is NOT the United Nations.

According to Press Reports eminating from Uganda the main Congolese Rebel General Nkunda is drafting Ugandan Military Members into his Militia. This act has the potential of highlighting two key areas of concerns along the DRC-Uganda Border.

MONUC (United Nations Mission in the Congo) has sought to rein in the Militias that are literally controlling the East of the Country. At one point in time the LRA (Lord’s Resistance Army) the Main Armed Opposition Group in Uganda had a base in the region. Several Militias from Rwanda have been hiding in that lawless part of the DRC as well.

The UN and the Government of Joseph Kabila periodically launched raids into the Kivu Provinces to confront and disarm the Militias. Some of these Missions have been fruitful and others have not. Also Uganda and the DRC have signed a treaty pledging to work together in disarming the Militia Groups that are active along their border.

So then what does the fact that General Nkunda is recruiting from the UPDF (Ugandan People’s Defence Forces) mean? It could mean that he is recruiting to launch an offensive against the Congolese Government. It could also mean that there are far more sinister forces at work. There have even been reports of raids into Uganda itself.

The attempted recruitment of the UPDF soldiers could be seen as dissension within the Military regarding the Leadership of President Museveni. After all the Highly Lauded Peace Accord that was to be signed with the LRA was not signed when the LRA leadership did not show up. Uganda has also been one of the few African Countries to send troops to Support the AU Mission in Somalia.

Both Nations are signatories to the Tripartie Plus Security Agreeement.

This means that both countries are obligated to return suspected belligerents to their homelands. At this time there is no word about whether or not the dissidents will be turned over to the Authorities in Kinshasa or face justice in Uganda. Currently the Ugandan Military has raised its alert level in twe districts.

This is not what one of the most Unstable Regions of the World needs right now.

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API

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