people expected to be inevitable is happening exactly as foretold: Goma is
under the hands of the movement known as M23, recently renamed itself as the
Congolese Revolution Army (ARC). It is now confirmed by various media outlets
that “Heavy fighting
intensifies in Goma as rebels seize the strategic Goma airport. Massive
shelling reported as army tank speed in town”.
Although the M23 spokesman said that they did not plan to take the
city of Goma when its army reached the outskirts of the eastern city of Goma on
Sunday after pushing the government troops backed by U.N. peacekeepers.
Even the U.N. peacekeeping spokesman Kieran Dwyer said from New York that
"the rebels bypassed Kibati and are in the general area of Munigi, which
is about seven km from Goma and close to the Goma airport."
In fact, according to sources in place, it is
confirmed that the Goma international Airport is now under the hands of M23”.
There is a tremendous pressure from the U.N desperately demanding the M23 not
to capture the city of Goma which is supposed to be under the protection of the
so called “peace keeping” forces of MONUSCO.
While many people had been claiming that the M23 movement was a dead born
movement simply due to the fact that it had been silent for the last three
months, now in only “four days of battles, M23/ARC has advanced closer than at
any time in their eight-month uprising to Goma, the provincial capital of North
Kivu and home to the headquarters of the U.N. peacekeeping mission in eastern
Democratic Republic of Congo”. This is a loud and clear proof that a illequiped
government force cannot and will not be able to protect any territory of the
DRC when faced with a well determined force with a noble cause. FARDC, the
government troops not only lacks any motivation to defend a corrupt, irresponsible
and failed state, but is also incapable of holding its position when faced with
rebel groups that are fighting for the restoration of a government for the
people in the DRC. These troops go to war with only one goal in mind:
win and make a real change for the people that
have been taken hostage of a long time tyranny regimes.
It was only yesterday Sunday 18th
, that Colonel Vianney Kazarama,
spokesman for the M23, said fighters had advanced to within two kilometres of
He added that “ We’re not going
to take the airport, we are responding to an attack by the army ... We’re just
doing this to break the capacity of the FARDC (Congolese army),” Kazarama told
Reuters. In order to give the DRC government the chance to resume the dialogue,
M23 had promised that they would hold
their position around five km outside the city of Goma and that fighting would
stop for only 24 hours to allow the Kinshasa government to change their position
regarding the dialogue.
Unfortunately, the DRC government has once again missed the opportunity to
prevent its own embarrassment by refusing to hold a dialogue with M23. Its
baseless arrogance has always cost the Kabila regime dearly. The Kinshasa
government finds no shame in always whining against Rwanda for all its misery,
including protecting its own people.
Curiously, the FARDC troops have been reported to throwing heavy artillery
into Rwanda as acts of provocation in order to get an excuse to abandon the
city of Goma claiming that it is the Rwandan troops that have captured the city
of Goma as a result. Acting cautiously as always, the Rwandan government has
purposely ignored these acts of provocation to avoid been once again used as a
scapegoat by the failed state of Congo. In light of all these, one wonders why
a well respected body such as the UN would choose to support such a corrupt
government that has lost total support of its people, and even its military who
only relies on the force of UN troops to hold on.
According to a recent defamatory and baseless UN report, it was clearly
demonstrated how there are so many grass root based groups in Eastern Congo
that are opposed to the current regime due to its inefficiencies, abuses,
corrupt policies and practices, and other myriad problems that have resulted in
its qualification as a “failed state”. Nonetheless, it is the same UN that
instead of listening
and supporting the
Eastern Congolese people it has been working hand in hand with the oppressive
According to one UN staff, Dwyer "The United Nations peacekeeping
mission, MONUSCO, engaged throughout the day supporting the FARDC to protect
civilians and in self-defence, including carrying out sorties and firing from
attack helicopter missions that have fired rockets and cannon rounds".
Truth be told, MONUSCO is not and has never protected Congolese people.
Supporting the Congolese army, it has; but not the Congolese people.
There are some organized peace oriented social and political initiatives
aimed at bringing all groups together in order to find a peaceful and lasting solution
instead of fighting in the Eastern Congo, that has suffered false labelling by
the so called UN reports.
initiative is the Alliance pour la Liberation de l’Est du Congo (ALEC), which
is an effort to bring together all the various antagonistic groups in order to protect
the civilian communities, foster unity and reconciliation by forming joint peaceful
actions that are based on the needs and political wishes of Eastern Congolese people.
Instead of supporting these initiatives or at least investigating them first,
the so called UN experts rush to government officials evidently intimidated and
unhappy with the people’s initiated efforts to get a list of people involved
and project to them bad intentions and name them in its dishonourable report.
It is important to state that after many consultative meetings with various
armed groups, ALEC found that the common wishes and desires of over 85% of
people in the Eastern Congo is having their own state. In other words,
self-determination through a referendum was expressed by a larger majority as
the only best alternative for the people in the Eastern Congo that will bring a
lasting peace and development in the Eastern Congo.
However, the UN agency supposedly with a mandate to “protect civilians” with
over ten thousand “peacekeeping forces” has turned against the same people it
came to protect, and is being used by the Congolese officials to blame and
hinder the community leaders promoting such initiatives. When a UN body loses
its objectivity and becomes an instrument of a dictatorship regime, it loses
its credibility and moral authority.
It is about time that the UN start treating Africans as humans with equal
rights with other people. Why is it acceptable for other people in other
continents to hold referendum for their self-determination, but not acceptable
in Africa? Why do Congolese people who have suffered immensely enough under the
western supported tyranny regimes cannot be allowed to exercise their right for
self-determination without having to be forced to use violence?