Some Congolese are warning renegade army General Laurent
Nkunda that they would make life difficult for him if he goes ahead with his
threat to take over the country. They are accusing the rebel leader of fighting
an unjustified war, which has led to the loss of lives and property and an
escalation in the number of people adversely affected by the rebel insurgency.
The rebel leader is accusing President Joseph Kabila's government of failing
the nation by what he calls selling out the country to the Chinese and
co-operating with criminals. Nkunda also warns that he aims to take over the
country if President Kabila fails to hold direct talks with him. But the
government has dismissed his threats as baseless. From the eastern DRC town of
Bukavu, political analyst Shamave Miruho tells reporter Peter Clottey he
believes the rebel leader is making empty threats.
people are reacting negatively to those Nkunda declarations. The people are not
happy with what is going on in North Kivu. You see there have been too many
killings. Thousands of people have been killed, and there are tens and hundreds
of thousands of internally displaced people, and there is in fact a calamity
since the situation is chaotic. And people don't really think that Nkunda would
ever be able to go to Kinshasa," Miruho noted.
said Congolese would make their opposition to a military takeover advocated by
the rebel leader known by going in the streets to protest such an action.
reaction, which is predictable for the moment, is a general demonstration all
over the country. Very recently, when intense fighting started going on in
North Kivu, you might have heard that there were series of demonstrations all
around the country showing their anger. The people were unhappy and expressed
their anger towards Nkunda and his group. And if ever he takes over the whole
country, sooner or later they would have to demonstrate to change the situation
because no one would be ready to be ruled by a person who killed thousands of
people in a war which is not justified," he said.
said there seem to be strong opinions that the rebel leader might not have the
military capability to take over the country.
cannot believe that Nkunda would be able to take over the country as he has
been threatening because the rebel leader does not have enough force to take
over the whole country," Miruho pointed out.
said President Kabila has not kept his word of protecting the people in restive
north Kivu province.
the several times he (President Kabila) came to the eastern part of the country
where the war is going on, he promised the population that he would put an end
to the war very soon. But he has not been able to do that. You know, he was
mostly elected in the eastern part of the Congo, and if he was just deceiving
the population, then, well, he would be the loser at the next election," he
said President Kabila is refusing to have direct negotiations with the rebels
because there seem to be growing perceptions that outsiders are supporting
Laurent Nkunda's rebel insurgency in North Kivu Province.
are outsiders behind Nkunda, and to negotiate with Nkunda when he is with
outsiders would be shameful for the government which was elected by the people,
and that is it," Miruho noted.
renegade army general, who is the leader of the National
Congress for the Defense of the People (CNDP) rebel group, said that after
taking over the reins of government in the Democratic Republic of Congo, the
country would take over a seat representing Africa in the United Nations
Security Council within five years.