In the Democratic Republic of Congo, a
rebel group is scheduled to hold a news conference Wednesday to demand the full
implementation of a recently signed agreement.
The Mai Mai armed group is
accusing the government of abdicating its responsibility under the agreement
that ended years of clashes in the restive North Kivu province.
Joseph Kabila's government says the accusations are without merit. Spokesman Lambert Mende has described the
rebel group as bandits who would be decisively dealt with.
Under the Goma agreement, the government
was to release all jailed rebels as well as incorporate them into the national
Didier Bitaki, a leading member of the rebel Mai Mai group said that his group is disappointed in the government's
Wednesday, we have a press conference to explain to people the peace process
that started in Goma in March 23,because already we are anxious…
since four months after the peace process was started, there is nothing that
has been done (correctly) from what we agreed with the government," Bitaki
said the government has failed to live up to its responsibility under the
have to express our disappointment regarding (the agreement) and that is the
reason why we need the press conference to explain and let people know how
things are going," he said.
accused the government of failing to consult with rebel negotiators.
they were preparing something from the former armed groups they could be
consulting them… I'm one of the representatives of the armed group in the
National Commission of the Fellowship of the Accord, but I don't have any
information, Bitaki said.
has, however said the implementation of the Goma agreement is on course.
sure that this group that is saying so is not a representative of the majority
of the Mai Mai. I know that something like 80 percent of the Mai Mai has
already joined the re-integration process," said government spokesman Lambert
said there are other insurgent groups who have been undermining the agreement.
know that a small minority group I think called Pareko and another group
Yakutumba out of tens of tens of groups have shown some reluctance to join this
disarmament exercise," he said.
said the rebels have failed to abide by the peace agreement.
are trying to extend the period where they can continue looting and
misbehaving, raping and we totally oppose this way of doing thing," Mende said.
said the government is determined to end the insurgency.
have started to crash them. We cannot be under the pressure of a minority," he
denied Kinshasa is not abiding by the stipulations of the agreement.
is a lie. There is no other specification in the agreement only that they
(rebels) have to join the army. And when you join a governmental army, you just
abide by the law by the rules of the army. You can't come with your own rules
as if you are building a new army," Mende said.
Earlier this year,
the Mai Mai rebel group expressed frustration with the government and
threatened to take up arms, a move experts believed would undermine the peace
Meanwhile relative peace has reportedly returned to the
restive North Kivu province since the signing of the agreement between Kinshasa
and armed groups.