Last week the cynics and sceptics were effectively silenced when the Genocide fugitive leader of the murderous gang of Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Rwanda (FDLR), Ignace Murwanashyaka, asserted that they had been armed by late Congolese president Laurent Kabila to wage war against the Rwandan government. “It is no secret and everyone knows it…” so Murwanashyaka said.
There is no more necessary statement needed to show the culpability of the DRC in as far as interfering into the affairs of Rwanda is concerned.
Rwanda has been urging DR Congo to disarm the bandits they so heartlessly mobilized and armed. It would be so much easier a decision to make, seeing that the situation has become more complicated that they had bargained for in the first place.
Unforeseen, the FDLR have turned on Kabila’s countrymen and unleashed a miniscule taste of what they meted out to Rwandans in 1994 – destruction of property, raping, murdering and pillaging generally.
First, the DRC has Rwanda’s offer to form a joint task force to wipe out the rampaging militias, seeing that it is in both countries’ best interests to return the entire region to normalcy.
Secondly, there is Monuc, the UN peacekeeping force there, that is ready to help with the mope up.
But it all returns to whether the leadership of DR Congo still regards the FDLR as their invited guests and therefore should continue handling them with due courtesy. More to this, it would seem that Congo still balks at this measure because of the hopeless hope that the original agenda may be fulfilled – that of FDLR overrunning Rwanda.
With such blatant utterances from killers who should be in prison in the first instance, instead of being facilitated to air their clearly murderous programmes, who will gainsay Rwanda’s natural cynicism of endless international mumbo jumboing, when the real issues that should be addressed remain mere talk shows at international broadcast stations?
Rwanda has survived international neglect in some important matters; Rwanda will survive the FDLR and complicit neighbours.