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M23: Kabila men funding terrorists


The M23 Movement’s political Directorate alleges that officials in the government of President Joseph Kabila are funding a terror group that kills unsuspecting Congo civilians.

This was revealed by Amani Kabasha, Spokesperson and Head of Department of Communication and Media of the defunct rebel group.

In a statement released from the Ugandan capital Kampala, Kabasha was concerned with allegations made by a Civil Society of North Kivu claiming that M23 rebels had killed people in Bunagana town.

The CSO spokesman, Omar Kavota, accused M23 Movement of having committed the murders and lent it the intention of wanting to derail the forced disarmament of FDLR operations currently carried out by the National Army.

According to an inquiry initiated by the Armed Forces of the Democratic

Republic of Congo (FARDC), it was revealed that the case was a homicide

perpetrated on the night of March 16th to 17th, 2015 in the town

of Bunagana.

According to Kabasha, the perpetrators “are clearly terrorists led

by a one MANOTI from the armed group NYATURA”.

He identifies Nyatura as a Congolese version of FDLR, created and maintained by “Congo politicians”.

He says the group originated from Rutshuru’s territory and is funded by members of “the current republic’s Government”.

“This armed group was created to harm in the territory, then under our administration to put the liabilities on the M23 Movement,” Kabasha continued.

The group is responsible for several cases of kidnappings, murders and killings, rape with violence, armed robberies against the population of Rutshuru and its surroundings.

M23 is now demanding for an apology from the Civil Society of North Kivu for damaging allegations and calumny against the M23 Movement.

“The M23 Movement’s political Directorate reminds the opinion that our Movement since its creation, is a victim of the hate campaign and denigration orchestrated and conducted by the same civil society that awarded us freely all cases of abuse of civilians, recruitment of children in the army, reorganization for the resumption of hostilities, infiltration of hundreds of armed men from neighboring countries, recruitment and military training in

Uganda and Rwanda and most recently, of our involvement in the atrocities conducted against our compatriots of Beni, etc.”

“From our observation, civil society is as much as actor of conflict in the same way as the various foreign armed groups that roam East of the country and which owe their longevity in this part of the country to the complacency and protection they have been receiving from some of civil society’s leaders in defiance of local communities.

The March 23 Movement also known as the Congolese Revolutionary Army, was a rebel military group based in eastern areas of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), mainly operating in the province of North Kivu.

On 20 November 2012, M23 took control of Goma, a provincial capital with a population of one million people, but was requested to evacuate it by the International Conference on the Great Lakes Region because the DRC government had finally agreed to negotiate with them.

In late 2013 Congolese troops, along with UN troops, retook control of Goma and M23 announced a ceasefire, saying it wanted to resume peace talks.

On November 7, Sultani Makenga the leader of M23 surrendered with about 1,500 M23 fighters in Mgahinga National Park, Uganda.

After peace declarations were signed between the DRC Government and M23 rebels on December 12, 2013.

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