Menu
Indimi
Advert

Central Africa

MONUSCO Deploys Mobile Combat Patrol In Masisi, Walikale

Published

on

Anytime soon, gun fire and heavy bombing is expected between Monusco forces and rebels that mantain heavy control of massive parts of Walikale and Masisi in North Kivu Province of Democratic Republic of Congo.

Monusco said it had deployed its second battalion of Indian peacekeepers on a mobile combat patrol in Pinga since Wednesday with the aim of protecting civilians in this area highly infested by armed groups.

Of recent the armed groups have raided homes, looted and killed dozens of civilians and later fleeing into the jungles and mountains without any follow-up from the Congolese military FARDC.

Sources in Pinga say that members of an armed group Nduma Defense of Congo-Rénové (NDC- Rénové) under the command of a notorious warlord Guidon Shimiray Mwissa, organized ceremony in Pinga to end the training of its 250 newly recruited fighters.

It is these same fighters that are resistant to demobilization calls and are reportedly deployed in the Masisi and Rutshuru territories. These fighters reportedly clash regularly against the Nyatura and the Rwandan FDLR rebels.

Since December 2015, the NDC- Rénové militia said they were waging an offensive against FDLR and their allied armed groups, both Congolese and foreign, in North Kivu, causing displacements.

According to Congolese security sources, the violence has claimed hundreds of people.

During the last polls of December 30th, in Masisi, according to the UN, NDC- Rénové  rebels took control of several polling stations to force voters to vote for pro-Kabila coalition candidates. Activists filmed them without their knowledge.

Warlord Guidon Shimiray Mwissa is sanctioned by the UN and is a former FARDC officer. He is accused of summary executions, rapes, forced and massive population displacements, illegal tax collection and illegal exploitation of mineral resources.

Click to comment

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Central Africa

Two Congolese Soldiers Killed By Angry Mob

Published

on

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.

Continue Reading

Central Africa

Former Seleka Group Leader Says François Bozizé Heads Rebel Coalition CPC

Published

on

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.

Continue Reading

Central Africa

MINUSCA Troops Retake Rebel-Held City In Central African Republic

Published

on

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.

 

Continue Reading
Advertisement
Advertisement
Advertisement Enter ad code here
Advertisement Enter ad code here

Trending