News / Africa

Congo Official Says FRF Rebel Group Blackmailing Government

The leader of the Federal Republican Forces (FRF) rebel group in the Democratic Republic of Congo says his group will continue its offensive against the national army after accusing the national army of attacking FRF positions.

UN Mission in Democratic Republic of Congno and DRC soldiers get ready to deploy from Gemena
UN Mission in Democratic Republic of Congno and DRC soldiers get ready to deploy from Gemena

Multimedia

Audio
  • General Venant Bisogo, leader of Congo's FRF rebel group spoke with Clottey

  • Lambert Mende, DRC Information Minister spoke with Clottey

Peter Clottey

The leader of the Federal Republican Forces (FRF) rebel group in the Democratic Republic of Congo says his group will continue its offensive against the national army after accusing the national army of attacking FRF positions.

General Venant Bisogo said the rebels’ objective is to force President Joseph Kabila’s government to resolve problems, including underdevelopment in eastern Congo after what he claims to be years of neglect.

“We had a meeting, a conference in Goma (and) we asked many things and government accepted… (but) now government refused to give us the solution about many problems that we have in eastern Congo after two years,” Bisogo said.

The rebel group has often refused to hand over their weapons despite the government’s ultimatum demanding Minembwe, a town in South Kivu be an independent territory.

Bisogo said the government has failed to develop eastern Congo.

“We have so many problems… we have no development, we have no roads, we have no hospitals, we have no schools and we have many insecurities in eastern Congo. We want to sit around the table and to discuss about that problem. If we finished the discussion, we will enter into the government forces,” Bisogo said.

The rebels accused the government of excluding them in previous peace accords -- a charge the government has denied.

In 2009 a Belgian researcher claimed Rwanda supplied arms to the FRF rebel group shortly after President Paul Kagame told Congo’s President Kabila that his government would not be a source of instability for Congo -- allegation Kigali has sharply denied.

Analysts say the FRF rebel group was formed as an anti-Rwanda political movement funded by Congolese Tutsis.

Information minister Lambert Mende said the administration will not allow the rebels to undermine the government’s mandate.

“He claims to fight for being appointed as cabinet minister. This is blackmail. Our policy has been these last years to strictly reject any political claim backed on blackmail. Because when you say yes to such blackmail from criminal elements like those, it is not the right way to the rule of law in our country and we won’t follow that way,” Mende said.

You May Like

Video British Fighters on Frontline of Islamic State Information War

It’s estimated that several hundred British citizens are fighting for Islamic State alongside other foreign jihadists More

Pakistan's Political Turmoil Again Shines Spotlight on Military

Thousands of protesters calling for PM Sharif to step down continue protests in front of parliament, as critics fear political impasse could spur another military coup More

Photogallery Ebola Quarantines Spark Anxiety in Liberian Capital

Food prices rise sharply as residents attempting purchases clash with security forces, leaving one person dead More

This forum has been closed.
Comments
     
There are no comments in this forum. Be first and add one

Featured Videos

Your JavaScript is turned off or you have an old version of Adobe's Flash Player. Get the latest Flash player.
Native Bees May Help Save Cropsi
X
Deborah Block
August 22, 2014 12:23 AM
U.S. President Barack Obama has called for a federal strategy to promote the health of bees that have been declining. The honeybee has been waning due to parasites, disease and pesticides. Wild bees may be used to take over their role as crop pollinators. Scientists first need to learn a lot more about wild bees, says biologist Sam Droege, who is pioneering the first national inventory on native bees. VOA’s Deborah Block went to his research laboratory in Beltsville, Maryland, to bring you more.
Video

Video Native Bees May Help Save Crops

U.S. President Barack Obama has called for a federal strategy to promote the health of bees that have been declining. The honeybee has been waning due to parasites, disease and pesticides. Wild bees may be used to take over their role as crop pollinators. Scientists first need to learn a lot more about wild bees, says biologist Sam Droege, who is pioneering the first national inventory on native bees. VOA’s Deborah Block went to his research laboratory in Beltsville, Maryland, to bring you more.
Video

Video US Defense Officials Plan for Long-Term Strategy to Contain Islamic State

U.S. defense officials say American air strikes in Iraq have helped deter Islamic State militants for the time being, but that a broad international effort is needed to defeat the extremists permanently. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel warned Thursday that the group formerly known as the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant, or ISIL, is better organized, and financially and militarily stronger than any other known terrorist group. Zlatica Hoke has more.
Video

Video Drug-Resistant Malaria Spreads in Southeast Asia

On Thailand’s border with Myanmar, also known as Burma, a malaria research and treatment clinic is stepping up efforts to eliminate a drug-resistant form of the parasite - before it spreads abroad. Steve Sandford reports from Mae Sot, Thailand.
Video

Video Gaza Conflict, Hamas Popularity Challenge Abbas

The Palestinian unity government of Mahmoud Abbas has failed to convince Hamas to agree to Egyptian-negotiated terms with Israel on a Gaza cease-fire. VOA State Department Correspondent Scott Stearns reports on what the Gaza conflict means for President Abbas, with whom U.S. officials have worked for years on a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
Video

Video Nigeria's 'Nollywood' Movie Industry Rolls in High Gear

Twenty years after its birth in a video shop in Lagos, Nigeria's "Nollywood" is one of the most prolific film industries on earth. Despite low budgets and whirlwind production schedules, Nigerian films are wildly popular in Africa and industry professionals say they hope, in the future, their films will be as great in quality as they are in quantity. Heather Murdock has more for VOA from Lagos.
Video

Video UN Launches 'Biggest Aid Operation in 30 Years' in Iraq

The United Nations has launched what it describes as one of the biggest aid operations in 30 years in northern Iraq, as hundreds of thousands of refugees flee the extremist Sunni militant group calling itself the Islamic State. As Kurdish and Iraqi forces battle the Sunni insurgents, the fighting has forced more people to flee their homes. Kurdish authorities say the international community must act now to avert a humanitarian catastrophe. Henry Ridgwell reports for VOA from London.
Video

Video Cambodian American Hip Hop Artist Sings of Personal Struggles

A growing underground movement of Cambodian American hip hop artists is rapping about the struggles of living in urban America. Most, if not all of them, are refugees or children of refugees who came to the United States from Cambodia to escape the Khmer Rouge genocide of the 1970s. Through their music, the artists hope to give voice to immigrants who have been struggling quietly for years. Elizabeth Lee reports from Long Beach, California.
Video

Video African Media Tries to Educate Public About Ebola

While the Ebola epidemic continues to claim lives in West Africa, information technology specialists, together with radio and TV reporters, are battling misinformation and prejudice about the disease - using social media to educate the public about the deadly virus. VOA’s George Putic has more.

AppleAndroid