Am I the only one fed up with the topsy-turvy incomparable capacity of the Congolese to make a total mess of their own affairs? The official army is more dangerous to the safety and security of citizens than the various rebel outfits, some of whom are breakaway units of that same army; some of the rebel bands are used by that same official army as its auxiliary fighting units, even as they officially remain rebels and beyond the army’s formal control; we have rebels rebelling against their parent rebel organisation and becoming the Government’s ally even as they formally remain rebels.
And to top it all, there is the world’s biggest military and political mission, supposedly there to help the Government get a better handle on the situation and especially eradicate foreign rebel groups which have established enclaves of their own in this huge country, instead morphing into just another even if it is the biggest armed group and joining into this gigantic lawless jamboree.
I sometimes wish I was just having a nightmare and would find the Democratic Republic of Congo was no longer a neighbour when I wake up.
Mwene Kalinda, Kigali
The rebel groups in the DRC seem to have no concrete motive. In fact to be fair, in my view, these groups need to go back to the drawing board and design a new plan bearing in mind to address their issues in a mature and a responsible way.
Greed for wealth and power is the root cause of their failure. Why not wait for the animal to fall first before starting to chop off the pieces of meat while it still stands?
Reactions to the story, “700 M23 rebels flee to Rwanda”, (The New Times, March 17).
DRC rebels have no concrete motive