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Goma City On Fire, Protesters Demand MONUSCO To Leave

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The United Nations Stabilization mission in Congo is being asked to leave Congolese soil because it has not provided any active support to the FARDC Army in ongoing campaign to eliminate foreign militia.

Local media in Goma city just a stone throw away from Rwanda border has woken up to violent protests that have set ablaze dozens of houses and ransacking of UN offices.  Several streets have been barricaded by protesters.

These deadly protests started in Beni where the Congolese army is engaged in very deadly battle with the Uganda rebels the Allied Democratic Front movement that had almost taken control of this part of the North Kivu province.

The protesters are expressing their anger after another attack by Ugandan ADF rebels last Sunday in the Masiani neighborhood in Mulekera commune. During this attack, eight civilians were killed with knives.

“We are killed while MONUSCO is here to protect us. Let them go home. We do not need tourists in our country,” Kasereka Fundi, a protester in Beni said.

“This morning, Tuesday, November 26, 2019, a group of young people stormed the logistics base Monusco de Goma to demand for their immediate departure,” mnctvcongo a local news website reported and shared a video showing parts of Goma streets in flames.

Gakuru Bahati, president of a civil society organization, has asked the demonstrators to make their claims peacefully without violence, “it is necessary to claim peacefully,” he added.

Gen. Patrick Ngwebi Dube the commander of the Intervention Brigade forces (FIB) urged the people of Beni to allow MONUSCO and the FARDC to do their job to stop the massacres of the populations perpetrated by ADF rebels.

On Monday, youth Protesters in Beni took to the streets and attacked Monusco offices and ransacked their offices. The demonstrations in this city of North Kivu burned down the city hall and one of the local bases of the UN mission.

“What is going on here in Beni benefits the enemy; because we FIB, we continue to work with the FARDC. But know that if the population behaves well, it must recognize that it supports the enemy. Because, when our facilities are burned, it will delay the continuation of our actions,” the General said.

He reaffirmed the support of UN troops to the armed forces of the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

“This work takes time, we are committed to achieving the goals. Let’s not stop us from doing our job. The opposite benefits the enemy who thinks he enjoys support from the population, “the FIB commander cautioned.

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Two Congolese Soldiers Killed By Angry Mob

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A Congolese soldier has been killed by an angry mob in the DRC’s Ruwenzori sector, in the territory of Beni (North Kivu).

The DRC military FARDC confirmed that one of its soldiers was killed by the population on Tuesday in the village of Mighende.

According to the military spokesperson in the region, the victim was attached to the 313rd Battalion based in Bulongo. The slain soldier was mistaken for a Ugandan rebel ADF fighter.

The incidence took place ten kilometers east of the commune of Lume, in the Ruwenzori sector, in the territory of Beni (North Kivu).

Details indicate that the soldier was mobbed by young people who threw at him stones and sticks until he was eliminated. This soldier is the second victim of mob justice in the same village in the 24 hour interval.

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Former Seleka Group Leader Says François Bozizé Heads Rebel Coalition CPC

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Noureddine Adam, the Former number two of the Seleka rebel group in Central African Republic has given a hint on what to make of the Coalition of Patriots for Change (CPC), whose troops attacked Bangui Capital on January 13.

Noureddine Adam was known as a member of the Emir of Abu Dhabi’s security service, boss of a security company in the United Arab Emirates, leader of the Convention of Patriots for Justice and Peace or number two of the Séléka and at the head of the Popular Front for the Renaissance of the Central African Republic (FPRC).

Now there is a new Noureddine Adam, son of an Imam and a trained policeman, at the heart of the new Central African rebel organization: the Coalition of Patriots for Change (CPC).

It was partly on his orders that the CPC troops launched a series of attacks on Bangui on January 13, in order to further increase the pressure on President Faustin-Archange Touadéra, whose re-election on the 27th last December is contested.

Did the CPC really aim to conquer the capital? What are his relations with François Bozizé? Does it have the means to hold out against Minusca, the Russians and the Rwandans? And, if so, what would it do with power?

Noureddine Adam, who lives in hiding between Sudan and its strongholds of Birao and Ndele, in the north of the Central African Republic, was interviewed by Jeune Afrique.

What is the current objective of the Coalition of Patriots for Change, which attacked Bangui on January 13?

Noureddine Adam: The objectives of the CPC remain those which were clearly stated in the Kamba-Kota declaration of December 15, 2020: restore security throughout the territory, restore the sovereignty of the State within the borders and on all of its natural and economic resources, guarantee each citizen the freedom to come and go without hindrance, to engage in his economic activities … In a word: develop the country and lift the Central African out of poverty and precariousness.

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MINUSCA Troops Retake Rebel-Held City In Central African Republic

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UN peacekeeping troops say they have retaken control of a city in the Central African Republic captured two weeks ago by armed groups waging an offensive against President Faustin Archange Touadera’s regime.

Rebels abandonded their positions in Bangassou, 750 kilometres east of the capital Bangui, and fled the city following an ultimatum on Friday from the UN peacekeeping force MINUSCA, the force’s spokesman Vladimir Monteiro said late Saturday.

“The city of Bangassou is under the complete control of MINUSCA,” Monteiro added.

Armed groups waging a nationwide offensive captured the city on January 3, forcing many residents to flee to the Democratic Republic of Congo.

“It’s a great joy,” Juan Jose Aguirre, the bishop of Bangassou, told media following the UN operation to regain control of the city.

“After thirteen days sleeping outdoors, people will be able to return to their homes,” he added.

Lieutenant Colonel Abdoulaziz Fall, spokesman for MINUSCA’s military component, said the UN force intervened to stop attempts at looting overnight Friday to Saturday.

“The situation is calm and under control and positions that had been occupied by armed groups are no longer,” Fall said.

Six of the most powerful armed groups, who have occupied roughly two-thirds of the country for eight years, united a month ago to wage an offensive.

The coalition announced their offensive ahead of the December 27 presidential and legislative vote, aimed at preventing Touadera’s re-election.

Landlocked CAR is one of the world’s poorest nations and has seen a string of coups and wars since it gained independence from France in 1960.

 

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