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DRC Troops Repeatedly Losing Morale On The Frontline

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Major General Shiko Tshitambwe, FARDC's Deputy Chief of Staff in charge of operations inspects frontline troops in the battle against M23. His troops have miserably lost larger part of North Kivu to the rebels feared to also seize Goma in a matter of days

Information reaching Taarifa Investigative Desk indicates that the Congolese armed forces FARDC are increasingly losing interest in the war against the M23 rebels.

The battle hardened M23 rebels who have been conquering village after village are no match to the congolese national troops.

With such a loss of morale among national troops in the war theatre,Major General Shiko Tshitambwe, Deputy Chief of Staff in charge of operations, flew to the battle zone and conducted an inspection of his soldiers.

The inspection was carried out on November 3, on the frontline on the Kibumba axis, in the territory of Nyiragongo, in North Kivu with the aim of raising the morale of troops.

Maj.Gen. Shiko Tshitambwe was accompanied by several army officials, in particular General Marcel Mbangu Mashita, commander of the 3rd defense zone.

“The purpose of this inspection of troops on the frontline was to raise their morale,” said Lieutenant-Colonel Guillaume Ndjike Kaiko, spokesperson for the Armed Forces of DRC (FARDC) in North Kivu.

General Shiko Tshitambwe also visited the building that will house the command of the troops of the EAC Regional Force which is now deployed in North Kivu, to eradicate foreign and local negative forces.

President Félix Tshisekedi said on Thursday, “We must together be aware that no one other than ourselves will come to save our nation and that this requires all-out mobilization from each of us,” he said.

President Félix Tshisekedi has repeatedly accused Rwanda of supporting the M23 rebels.

The M23 rebels jumped out of their hibernation in March and revived fighting in self defence after the Congolese government forces attacked their bases thus further strangling implementation of the Nairobi peace treaty with Kinshasa.

M23 attacks are believed to stem in particular from the lack of progress in implementing the Nairobi Declarations signed on December 12, 2013.