Residents in the Democratic Republic of
Congo affected by the activities of the Lord's Resistance Army LRA) rebels said
they will support a continuous assault on the rebels. This comes after
President Joseph Kabila's government vowed to root out the rebels who have been
using the country as base to stage attacks in neighboring Uganda. The national armies of Congo, Uganda and Southern
Sudan jointly launched an offensive against rebel held positions in the DRC.
The attack aimed to pressure LRA leader Joseph Kony to sign a final peace
agreement after repeatedly failing to end the more than two decade-old civil
war. Congolese journalist Emry Makumene tells reporter Peter Clottey from the
capital, Kinshasa that those affected by the LRA insurgency are delighted with
the move to root out the rebels.
of all this is a very good reaction from our government here to tackle the
Lord's Resistance Army rebels who have been operating in the north eastern part
of the country. This force has been very harmful to civilians in that area so
certainly, this is a very good decision and we hope that it is really going to
the end, which is really to root out this negative force in our country,"
said President Kabila's government has taken a longer time to respond to
residents' demands to get rid of the rebels.
people who have been living in the Garamba Park that Joseph Kony's men went in
have been asking for help from the government for a very long time now. The
simple reason being that they are victims of extortion, they have been killed
by the rebels of the Lord's Resistance Army and certainly the population is
very hopeful that the government will put all means together to root out the
negative forces," he said.
said the affected residents have often complained about the atrocities
committed by the LRA rebels.
LRA rebels have been accused of raping and killing innocent civilians and
taking their belongings. And the population has been complaining for a long
time now, but nothing has been done. But thank heavens the government is
finally taking steps and joining the Ugandans to fight these people from the
Lord's Resistance Army," Makumene pointed out.
said President Kabila's government is saddled with too many militant forces in
the country, which prevented it from decisively dealing with the Lord's
Resistance Army rebels.
the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, the Lord's Resistance Army is not the
only rebel movement operating in that part of the country. There are numerous
armed groups, which are operational in the area in general so the Lord's
Resistance Army is just one group, but there are dozens of them operating. So,
the government is faced with so many armed groups in the area that and maybe
that is why it is very difficult for the government here to react proactively
to tackle one rebel movement," he said.
said resident adversely affected by the rebel insurgency have welcome the
government promise to root out the LRA rebels.
heard the announcement that has been made by Alexis Thambe Mwamba, the Congolese
foreign minister about the fact the Congolese are going to join the Ugandans to
fight against this Lord's Resistance Army group. The decision was welcomed by
the population, but so far the population what action has been taking on the
ground is yet to be known,"
Minister Alexis Thambe Mwamba told a news conference in Paris that the military
offensive began over a week ago and proceeding acceptably. He said that in the
coming days Kinshasa will be able to be totally rid of Kony's Lord's Resistance