A Democratic Republic of Congo armed
group has issued an ultimatum to President Joseph Kabila demanding the
resignation of the Information Minister Lambert Mende.
The Mai Mai threatened
to soon take drastic action if President Kabila fails to fire the minister.
armed group claims Minister Mende insulted them after they accused the
government of violating a recently signed agreement, a charge the Kabila
The information minister allegedly described members of
the armed group as terrorists who killed innocent Congolese and destroyed
Mai Mai spokesman Didier Bitaki said
the armed group would no longer tolerate the minister's insults.
armed group has made a communiqué in which they were talking about the
violation of the Goma Peace Agreement, which was violated by the government.
But instead of getting the response from the government the Information and the
Media Minister, Mr. Lambert Mende started to insult people while he called the
armed group as criminals… terrorists," Bitaki said.
said the information minister's action undermines the authority of President
responsible for signing the document were nominated by an act signed by the
president. I think the minster has made
a big mistake," he said.
said his group is demanding the immediate resignation of the information
consequence, the armed group is saying before even talking to the government,
the minister has to resign from the government for that to make things start going
correct," Bitaki said.
warned the government of a possible insurgency if the minister is not removed.
combatants are still waiting here so if the minster does not take back his
word, we are going to ask the president that we cannot continue to work with
people who don't have any respect for us," he said.
Information Minister Lambert Mende has dismissed the call for his removal as infantile.
wish them good luck, but I have no comment to say on such childish statement.
First of all, nobody consulted them for me to be appointed as a member of
government following my election in my constituency. And nobody will ask them
for me to be removed from office," Mende said.
said the armed group took advantage to attack innocent civilians.
know how they went to the bush. They took opportunity from some disturbances
that were created by other people. They are not the ones that created the
disturbances," he said.
described the armed group as scandalous.
will come and give justification to criminals who have themselves to justify
before our country. And we are not going to pay people because they have killed
Congolese," Mende said.
said the government will resist all forms of blackmail.
will again blackmail the Congo state. Mai Mai or not, nobody will again be
allowed to blackmail the state of this country. That is all," he said.
denied that the government agreed to pay all armed groups who killed innocent
civilians during the height of rebel insurgency in the restive Kivu provinces.
Goma Peace Agreement effectively ended years of clashes between government
troops and several armed groups in Eastern Congo.