President Paul Kagame on Friday condemned the ongoing silent killings of the Banyamulenge people in neighboring Democratic Republic of Congo.
Observers say this is not just an ethnic problem. It is an international conflict with many interests.
“The Minembwe problem involves different groups from different countries. Each country had to raise its concern and the joint deal was to work on each problem. That if each one worked alone to pursue their own problem, it would not solve anything,” Kagame said on Friday while meeting with the press at his office in Kigali.
Kagame said there have been meetings of national army chiefs and security organs of neighbouring countries and have been working with Monusco so that they can formulate how to work together and address this insecurity in the region.
“The approach was to look at the whole history of this situation and the non-state groups that have been roaming in the region to cause insecurity,” Kagame explained, adding that he welcomed the joint military operations to get rid of all armed groups including foreign ones on DRC soil.
In recent months, an estimated 200000 people have fled fighting in the Democratic Republic of Congo’s South Kivu highlands. The fighting has origins in a long-simmering struggle over land, power, and citizenship descends into village burnings and widespread killings.
Congolese tribes that describe themselves as indigenous; Babembe, Bafuliru, and Banyindu communities are fighting the Banyamulenge, a cattle-herding group of Rwandan origin often derided as outsiders.
Foreign rebel groups from neighbouring counties have also taken sides in the violence, which is centred on Minembwe and Itombwe – remote mountainous areas where many Banyamulenge have lived for generations.
Meanwhile, Uganda’s Allied Democratic Front Rebels have been dislodged from their stronghold bases in Beni territory in DRCongo after heavy bombardment by the Congolese forces.
President Félix Tshisekedi said recently during his visit to Beni that he wants residents of this part of the country to enjoy the festive season in a peaceful and secure manner without fears of ADF rebels that have been terrorizing them.
The Congolese forces said that they are currently in control of ADF positions in the outskirts of Virunga National Park, including Kadowu, Vemba, Kididiwe, Malolu, localities located in the so-called triangle of death.
Sokola 1 military operations spokesman Mack Hazukayi says, “it is so early to talk about a record of operations because the offensives are continuing to accomplish the” I want ” of the head of state, who, during his last visit to Beni launched the want to see the people of Beni spend the festivities of the end of the year in peace and tranquility.”