The ongoing military campaign to neutralize all foreign armed groups that have been operating inside the Democratic Republic of Congo has simultaneously triggered revival of claims of the balkanization project.
On January 10th, President Felix Tshisekedi convened and chaired Council of Ministers at the Cité de l Union Africaine. He told them he is determined not to let any square meter of national territory be taken away.
The Congolese President was briefing his ministers about the security situation in the Eastern part of the vast mineral rich country.
He welcomed FARDC’s victories against the rebels in Beni, with takeover of Madina- the ADF stronghold. He reassured members of government of the continued pacification actions throughout the eastern part of the country, particularly in Beni, Butembo, Ituri, the Haut et Moyen Plateaux of Minembwe and in Uvira.
President Félix Tshisekedi did not go too far in pointing out that “as long as he is at the head of the state, balkanization will not take place.”
The towering Tshisekedi has clocked one year at the helm after winning a highly contested presidential election that brought him in office in January 2019. He promises to spare no effort to defeat balkanization –an old project.
Political observers inside DRC say that Tshisekedi is cautious about the way the security situation in Eastern part of the country is handled. He fears it may affect his mandate and credibility.
Critics of the post Mobutu Seseseko government are still convinced of the grand sinister plan aimed at cutting the massive country into different small states. The critics have held-on to this theory since the 1990s after the rebellion supported by a Rwandan-Ugandan-Burundian coalition.
They also argue that agents of this balkanization process have allegedly managed to infiltrate the institutions as well as the defense and security services of the DRC that work there (in Eastern part of the country).
According to these critics that have now largely gained a voice in the Congolese media, they argue that instability of the DRC part comes from the implementation of this scheme.