NKUNDA CAN'T BE COURTED

Nkunda can't be courted by someone doing business
by Jackie Jura, Nkunda-Support Forum, Mar 27, 2009

Reading in today's UN News Center, Mar 27, 2009 that tens of thousands more flee armed groups in eastern DR Congo I'm reminded of Nkunda's words from his interview on January 3, 2009 - three weeks before he was betrayed by Kagame - where he compared life under his CNDP protection with life under Kabila's FARDC and the UN:

"...But going to Rutshuru, you are going to find 90% of the people in their houses; a small group around MONUC...

One day I told the responsible manager - the one in charge of Humanitarian Affairs - I told him: If we do a statistic in the camps around Goma, each week there is around 100 people dying of different disease....You are killing 100 people each week in your camps.

...Now you can go in Rutshuru. And you are going to see they are in their houses, they are cultivating. Go and compare their life and the life of those in Displaced Camp. They are different, they are different.

Who is now criminal? The one maintaining someone out of his house? Or the one securing someone in his homeland? Who is criminal?

...But what I know is that I am doing for my people. And I cannot be courted by someone doing business here. I'll be courted by my people; not by someone doing business in the name of Humanitarian Affairs. I am not caring for it. Because I am in charge. Now I can do, and I have do. But they are doing business; they are paid for being in Congo. But I am not paid for it. But I have a responsibility for my people. Yes..."

UN CRIMINALS IN CONGO See Nkunda Interview Part III. YouTube


WILL KAGAME SACRIFICE NKUNDA? (Nkunda emerged as political leader like Kagame fighting genocidal Hutus from Rwanda)

Oxfam: Congolese suffering (Kabila/UN troops not protecting people) & Congolese flee new Hutu attacks (perpetrated Rwanda genocide 15 yrs ago). News24/BBC, Apr 7, 2009

UN Hide Hutu
The UN representative in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) has urged combatants fighting with the FDLR militia group in the Eastern DRC to put down their arms and use the available opportunity to return home.

6,000 genocidal Hutus retaking Congo (UN & Kabila army on side against civilians). AP, Mar 28, 2009
KIBATI, Congo The teenage newlyweds fled the fighting in eastern Congo that destroyed their home. They want to start a family, but their lives remain on hold months later along with 20,000 others at this refugee camp. Here children play with trash in the dirt beside open sewers, while their parents wait in long lines for food provided by aid groups. "It's still not safe for us to go back home yet," said Christophe Matata, 19, as his 18-year-old wife Odette lit a cook fire by their plastic tarp strung over discarded bits of wood. "Life back at home was really scary, with blasts of gunshots roaming the air." There were renewed hopes for peace in the region after Rwandan troops arrested Congo's powerful Tutsi rebel leader in January and an unprecedented joint Congolese-Rwandan military operation drove out some of the extremist Hutu militia fighters linked to Rwanda's 1994 genocide. But fears of resumed violence are widespread among refugees, many of whom already had lived through Congo's back-to-back civil wars even before the rebel advance by Tutsi rebel leader Laurent Nkunda's troops drove 250,000 people from their homes last year. "We're not really sure that everything is OK," Christophe Matata said. "That's why we want to stay where we are."

Eastern Congo has been mired in conflict since Rwanda's genocide nearly 15 years ago spilled war across the border and Hutu militias sought refuge here. Nkunda contends he was defending the region's minority Tutsis against the Rwandan Hutus. In a rare move by former enemies, Congolese and Rwandan forces drove out about 600 of the Hutu militia's fighters earlier this year and the Congolese army hoped to force out 400 more by the end of March, said Kudura Kasongo, the Congolese presidential spokesman. But that potentially leaves as many as 5,000 to 6,000 fighters still in eastern Congo, according to figures provided by Kasongo and the U.N. "The concern is what happens next, now that the Rwandans have left," said Ross Mountain, the U.N.'s deputy mission chief in Congo.

U.N. officials say in recent weeks the Hutu militiamen have already started fighting to retake their old positions and are carrying out reprisal attacks on civilians who they suspect cooperated with the Congolese-Rwandan offensive forcing at least 35,000 people to flee their homes in recent weeks. Last week, Alan Doss, the U.N. special envoy to Congo, visited two hotspots now held by U.N. peacekeepers and vowed that the hunt will continue "to stop them from regaining their positions, and committing further exactions on the local population." Stung by accusations that the U.N. peacekeepers were failing their mandate to protect civilians and use force when necessary, U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon ordered them to hold their ground at dozens of remote locations. "We revised these rules of engagement, so we will be more proactively protecting the civilian population," Ban told The Associated Press. The U.N. peacekeepers are supposed to join with the Congolese army in hunting militiamen who have fled to the forests. "Are they going to be able to tackle the threat? It is difficult to give you a positive answer," said Senegalese Lieutenant General Babacar Gaye, the U.N. mission's force commander. "If this deployment is properly done, I think that they will have some capacities not to prevent all atrocities, but at least to be capable of a degree of, let's say, diminishing them." Behind the public encouragement for an end to the conflicts, government and U.N. officials were less confident in their private assessments that the fighters had been neutralized. Officials also worry about the 20 other militias that operate in the region. Without more troops and equipment to cover an area the size of Western Europe, they say, the new orders may not help much. "There is no way in the world, whatever the mandate says, that we're going to be behind every banana tree," Mountain said. "This is just simply impossible for us to be able to prevent all these (reprisals)." And so thousands of refugees say they are enduring misery in the refugee camps rather than risk renewed violence in their communities. Sebukoko Sebazungu, 49, who has eight children, says life in Kibati is desperate. There's no way to educate any of the children at the camp, but he sees little alternative: "From where we come from, there's not one house that's still standing," he says.

Nkunda can't be courted by someone doing business. Nkunda-Support Forum, Mar 27, 2009

Tens of thousands more flee armed groups in eastern DR Congo, UN agency reports. UN News Center, Mar 27, 2009
The United Nations refugee agency voiced serious concern today over the plight of thousands of civilians who have fled their homes to escape daily attacks by the many armed groups operating in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). The UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) said that civilians in North Kivu province continued to be terrorized by groups such as the Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Rwanda (FDLR), which has been the target of recent joint operations conducted by Rwanda and DRC....In the past several weeks, after their homes were plundered and torched by various armed groups, more than 20,000 people fled into the forest from villages in the Rutshuru district of North Kivu, UNHCR said....During a visit to North Kivu last week, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon's Special Representative for the DRC, Alan Doss, pledged that the UN peacekeeping mission there known as MONUC will reinforce its presence in localities and continue to logistically support the Government army in its operations against the FDLR and other armed groups.

10 Reasons to Free Major-General Laurent Nkunda Mihigo. CNDP-Congo.org, Mar 24, 2009

KNOW NKUNDA CONGO

6.Disputed Territories and 2.Big Brother and 12.Ministry of Peace (War) and 11.Ministry of Plenty (Starvation)

Jackie Jura
~ an independent researcher monitoring local, national and international events ~

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