M23’s creators and commanders are in Rwanda and Uganda


by Ann Garrison

KPFA Evening News, broadcast Nov. 10, 2013


Kagame-Museveni graphicKPFA Evening News Anchor Anthony Fest: The Congolese army, with the help of the UN Force Intervention Brigade, decisively defeated the M23 militia in the Democratic Republic of the Congo’s eastern Kivu Provinces this week, but many Congolese, Rwandans, and Ugandans, are asking why the Democratic Republic of the Congo is now engaged in peace talks with the M23, and not with Rwandan President Paul Kagame and Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni.

For more than a decade, the UN Group of Experts on the Democratic Republic of the Congo have documented Rwandan and Ugandan backing for M23’s previous incarnations, and the 2012 report documented that M23 was actually commanded by Rwanda’s top General and Defense Minister, and in close contact with top Ugandan officials as well. KPFA’s Ann Garrison has the story.

KPFA/Ann Garrison: U.S. officials and the corporate press have agreed to identify the M23 militia as “Congo rebels,” despite the 2012 UN report that says M23’s chain of command ends in the office of Rwandan Defense Minister James Kabarebe. This week the U.S. said that it is prepared to lift sanctions on Rwanda if it simply “cuts ties” with M23. Earlier this year, Congolese historian and activist BK Kumbi interrupted UN Secretary General Ban-Ki-Moon at a conference in Geneva to demand that Uganda, Rwanda, and Burundi be named as the real aggressors.

BK Kumbi: But what about people of the Congo, PLEASE? What about people of the CONGO? You don’t say anything about that. There’s been killed 8 million people and you’re making fictitious peace, and you’re telling us that this is peace, when aggressors are not named.

Rwanda has been known … has … is responsible of what is going wrong in the peace, in Congo, and nobody says something about that! Burundi! Uganda! You just say that! We are sick and tired of hearing every time people here just being so peaceful with AFRICA! You should let AFRICA in PEACE.”

What about people of the CONGO?

Convention Security: Multiple voices calling in French for order, then for security officers to throw BK Kumbi out. [As they did.]

KPFA/Ann Garrison: BK Kumbi also wrote that the Western powers, including the U.S., UK, Canada, and Belgium have collaborated with Uganda and Rwanda, to control Congo’s vast resource wealth. She urged her Rwandan, Ugandan, and Congolese brothers and sisters to keep resisting.

On the Monday after next, BK Kumbi will be a guest on the Morning Mix with Sabrina Jacobs and myself.

For Pacifica, KPFA, and AfrobeatRadio, I’m Ann Garrison.

BK Kumbi’s letter can be read here on the website of the San Francisco Bay View: “Letter to my Rwandan, Ugandan and Congolese brothers and sisters celebrating M23’s defeat.”

Oakland writer Ann Garrison writes for the San Francisco Bay View, Global Research, Colored Opinions, Black Star News and her own website, Ann Garrison, and produces for AfrobeatRadio on WBAI-NYC, KPFA Evening News and her own YouTube Channel, AnnieGetYourGang. She can be reached at ann@afrobeatradio.com. If you want to see Ann Garrison’s independent reporting continue, please contribute on her website at anngarrison.com.



    • How could you hear that argument before?? M23 just surrendered last week. You are aware of the FDLR's origins and it's history in the Congo? That is, Hello??

  1. It is very sad so many people like Seamus continue to post imbecile responses to well established truths about Congo. This FDLR excuse has become extremely pathetic. The people pulling the strings from Kagame, Museveni and their sponsors are worst than animals. I just wonder what really goes on in their heads?

    • I don't understand. I feel like I'm talking to a FOX News watcher and have not been given a sheet with special talking points on. PLEASE let me know what I have posted that is NOT correct information. I thought I was playing it safe ageeing m23 surrender is a neat thing for Congo, and FDLR disband or surrender would be neat thing too for Congo.

      …& I appear to have offended beliefs that have hosts by the throat.

  2. Seamus is an interesting character, because he has these opinions about the M23 and the FDLR, something most Oakland residents know little about, but he often shows up to make comments supporting a heightened police state, like this:

    Seamus · 41 weeks ago
    We need 200 more cops, at least. I hope this is something Bratton recognizes.

    I suspect that he is some sort of provocateur.

  3. Hightened police state? We have an undersized PD and you hardly ever see a black and white. I make sense & you're a believer in things that aren't there.

    Also, I am NOT using an FDLR defense for m23. I merely note m23 was used to fight the remnants of the 94 genocide operating in the Congo called the FDLR.

    Saying your opponent knows little (without explaining same) and naming "provocateur" is telling.

    I'm just pointing out stuff you don't want pointed out.
    Belief is the acceptance of something as true (or false) in spite of evidence…and you're doing some serious believing.

    Can you defend the actions of the FDLR? Or, you just call names when you meet someone who notes their atrocities?

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