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Congo-Kinshasa: Govt Expels Rwandan Envoy After M23 Rebel Gains

The expulsion of Rwandan Ambassador Vincent Karega got here on a day when M23 rebels doubled the territory they management. DRC authorities accuse Kigali of backing the insurgent group.

The Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) has expelled Rwandan ambassador Vincent Karenga, in retaliation for Kigali’s alleged assist to a insurgent group lively within the east of the nation, authorities spokesperson Patrick Muyaya stated on Saturday.

The ambassador has 48 hours to depart the nation.

The choice by the DRC’s excessive protection council to expel the ambassador got here following a authorities assembly to evaluate the safety state of affairs in nation. The transfer is more likely to additional heighten tensions between the DRC and Rwanda.

DRC authorities accuse Kigali of backing M23 rebels who’re preventing within the nation’s japanese provinces. Rwanda has repeatedly denied the allegation.

What is the present safety state of affairs?

M23 rebels have been engaged in fierce preventing with the Congolese army and seized extra territory. On Saturday, they seized two main cities and doubled the territory they maintain.

The UN peacekeeping mission, often called MONUSCO, issued a press release saying it “strongly condemns the hostile actions of the M23 and their critical penalties on the civilian inhabitants.”

It additionally warned that “it stands able to retaliate vigorously within the occasion of additional aggression towards its bases.” MONUSCO added 4 of its peacekeepers have been wounded on Saturday by mortar fireplace and taking pictures.

Who’re the M23 rebels?

Shaped in 2012, M23 is an ethnic Tutsi-led insurgency group. It rose to prominence when its fighters that 12 months captured Goma, the biggest metropolis in DRC’s east, earlier than a joint Congolese-UN offensive drove them out.

After a peace deal, the outfit remained dormant for years and lots of of its fighters have been built-in into the nationwide army.

However M23 resumed preventing in late 2021, accusing that the federal government had didn’t honor its commitments underneath the deal.

By June, they had seized the strategic city of Bunagana close to the border with Uganda.

It is estimated that the preventing has thus far displaced round 250,000 folks.



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