By Alex K. Taremwa
Friday, December 07, 2012 12:26:10 AM
The UN the other week released yet another report that pin pointed Uganda and the usual suspect Rwanda as active players in funding the CDC currently known as M-23 in The Democratic Republic of Congo. As any other human, there are things that beat our understanding to the extent that even the smartest man that has ever lived on planet earth; Socrates could fail to make sense out of if at all the Democrats did not deprive him of his life.
For professional purposes, I will not rubbish this report. I will instead give it the benefit of the doubt that the truth be revealed and those found guilty be brought to book. However, before such reports are publicized as information, the international bodies ought to put some things into consideration and that is why I am attacking The United Nations on this issue.
The UN are playing a double game and this a way to justify their constant thuggery and theft of the Congolese resources and the Kinshasa government is not doing a thing about it. The UN itself is benefiting from the continuous war in DRC, which explains why they have kept their forces. Seven thousand troops of the UN are in DRC, every year the UN incurs a cost equivalent to 1/3 of Uganda’s budget and about 50% of Rwanda’s budget on those soldiers to deliver peace but what exactly have they done? DRC is more divided that ever, militias have mushroomed, and secessions thoughts have been sowed. This is what one of the world’s worst dictator, Mobutu had been able to eliminate thorough his corruption and patronage.
Why can’t the UN cut its fund or withdraw its troops from Congo so we can really understand that it has yet failed again just as it has in Syria? Why on Earth did even President Kabila have to trust the UN as competent players in delivering peace in the first place? Well I guess he has gotten the answer now.
For the case of Uganda, the UPDF are at the heart of the conflict in Somalia under the peacekeeping mission in conjunction with the African Union and forces from Burundi. They are in the Central African Republic hunting down the only individual that has terrorized the countries south of the Sahara for over two decades now. The same UPDF is in Garamba forests in DRC hunting the same individual; President Kabila himself has attended over two meetings chaired by H.E Yoweri Kaguta Museveni in Kampala under the Great lakes Region countries in an attempt to establish a remedy to the insurgence in DRC and if it wasn’t for the request tabled, Uganda would be the first to align its forces to touch down in Goma or Kinshasa for the mission. What kind of civic responsibility does the UN expect Uganda to play?
For Rwanda’s case, despite the fact that DRC and Rwanda are geographical neighbors, Rwanda has strategic economic interests on its eastern border with DRC. To have a successful implementation of such economic policies, Rwanda needs the stable and functional relationship with DRC. To ensure this stability is guaranteed, Rwanda signed an agreement with the Kinshasa government to have the Tusti forces in Congo integrated into the Congolese army. The Kigali government calculated that; this would nurse the internal dynamic dysfunctions inside the DRC, try, and cover up the absentee state by exercising control over the communities from which these militias operate or equally divert the militias from their primary goals which include overthrowing the government in Kigali and alternatively exterminating the Tusti. There is a clear distinction between the Tutsi in Rwanda and the Tutsi in DRC. The Tusti in Rwanda have an ironed and Spartan behavior yet the Tusti in Congo are equally as radical as any other militia groups in DRC.
With the dysfunctions inside DRC and the kind of political incoherence that President Kabila is facing, the last thing Kabila needs is to get mixed in the dogma and propaganda of the international community and media at the expense of the play that both Rwanda and Uganda can pull off on its behalf. It may be politically convenient for elites in Kinshasa to bury their heads in the sand and blame their country’s woes on meddlesome neighbors. It is also appealing for human rights groups and mass media to present the problem of Congo as one of external interference. But seeking external scapegoats is not a formula for success. For those interested in helping Congo out of its crisis, the first objective should be to help Kinshasa build a functional state; a statehat can perform basic tasks like ensuring law and order and the protection of individual life and property. In this endeavor, Congo would need the help of Uganda, Rwanda and its other neighbors.