Corneille Mulumba a founder member of DRCs Union for Democracy and Social Progress (UDPS) party, to which also President Felix Tshisekedi belongs, has a very complicated analysis on insecurity in Congo.
His observation on what has kept the Eastern and Northern provinces of Congo under the control of foreign armed groups is intriguing.
Mr Mulumba an old school anti-imperialist appeared on a local Congolese Television on Friday where he shared his views on the security situation in Beni region.
Since the launch of a military operation against the Ugandan ADF jihadists rebels, 175 Congolese civilians have been killed in the most brutal manner including; beheading, cutting off limbs and burning many.
According to Mulumba, this style of massacre of civilian population with a very wide dissemination of wildly mutilated body images has as a final objective only to create a psychosis, to terrorize the local populations with a view to removing them.
He argues that once the population in this part of the country is successfully removed, people from a neighbouring country including its Army will be installed there.
“When the time comes, and under the official pretext of protecting the massacred civilian populations, the UN will decree neutral zone all this space “in order to put an end to the killings”. And it is MONUSCO which, according to its mandate, will be in charge of securing this neutral zone placed under the protection of the UN. History reminds us of the recent case of Kosovo.
Mulumba argues that MONUSCO and a neighbours army “protecting local populations”, Western economies and multinational corporations can be reassured about the regular supply of strategic minerals at the lowest cost.
This politician claims that under such a situation, the strategic minerals of the DRC, now looted, are supplied to Western industries through Rwanda and Uganda, which receive in return dividends and benefit from protection.
Mulumba believes that under the cover of the ADF-NALU, they are actually hiding Ugandan soldiers; therefore people who benefit from useful strategic information and logistical and technological means that only a State and a very large organization can provide. This is why we are talking about a low-intensity war and an asymmetrical war.
In his opinion, Mulumba explains let’s not be distracted. MONUSCO is a foreign army serving major powers and multinationals.
“We do not know either its actual strength or armament. Its annual budget is over $ 1 billion, mostly financed by major powers; especially the United States of America. For what interest would the US taxpayer’s money come to finance our security? For the sake of the Congolese? By magnanimity? Or simply by generosity?”
Here is what Mulumba thinks should be done
- Order that MONUSCO immediately leaves DRC soil, as soon as possible. We cannot associate with military operations troops that we do not control, that we do not command;
- Swap all soldiers from Eastern Congo with those from the West; officers and simple soldiers;
- Decree the state of siege throughout the Far North:
- Replace all the administrators (governors, territorial administrators, local chiefs) with soldiers;
- Park a dozen soldiers in each village in the Far North. Even if there were 1,000 villages, it would only total 10,000 soldiers;
- Decree a strict curfew between 6:00 pm and 6:00 am throughout the Far North;
- Require group leaders and street leaders to report daily on residents’ movements: arrivals, departures, and absences, even for one day;
- Require local populations to report any suspicious movement;
- Engage people to denounce all suspicious behavior;
- Massively deploy the Military Intelligence Service throughout the Far North;
- Arrange military encampments in all mining quarries.
- Deploy the FARDC along the entire border with the neighboring countries of the East to cut terrorists from their rear bases;
- Mobilize the population of all major cities of our country in marches and vigils to express our anger, show solidarity, strengthen national cohesion, and to encourage our compatriots;
- Translating all political actors and all military personnel convicted of treason into high-treasonable military justice and inflicting on them the most severe punishments;
- Establish within the FARDC a specialized service to track traitors and infiltrators. If necessary, and as a precautionary measure, prevent early retirement of all military personnel and any officers suspected of having doubts.