M23 vs FARDC: Latest situation on the Ground

A Congolese army soldier, holding a dog, walks through the village of Rusayo, which was the scene of heavy clashes yesterday, around 13km from Goma in the east of the Democratic Republic of the Congo on July 16, 2013.

A Congolese army soldier, holding a dog, walks through the village of Rusayo, which was the scene of heavy clashes yesterday, around 13km from Goma in the east of the Democratic Republic of the Congo on July 16, 2013.


By Dr Antoinette Kankindi (Mushakipager)

The hour Joseph Kabila has been waiting for is here: he wanted war. He wanted to secure the support of his allies in business, i.e. SA and TZ, so everything was ready. His long time dream of taming the most tenacious Movement for change was, in his mind and that of his cronies, about to be fulfilled. Indeed is there any doubt when you know his propaganda agents are boasting of miraculously acquired weapons  to rout out Makenga’s men? Anyway, before going into Kabila’s propaganda, assisted by the remnant of Kifwafwa whose bitterness only wishes Makenga would fail, let’s put together the latest situation. Since I was teaching the whole day and then found myself in a 2 hours traffic jam, it took me sometime to get to know how are things this evening.
FARDC have been shelling away their bombs the whole day and freely since, it is not in the interest of M23 to respond tit for tat, obviously for strategic reasons. I do not claim to know M23 inner military strategy, no, not at all. But here is my take on this: FARDC has chosen Kanyaruchinya for their operation, close to civilian populations, can you imagine what would happen if M23 responds with the same? Secondly, our very own “Incredible Monusco” has allowed FARDC to use the UN for this assault, knowing very well tha in all warfare fairness, M23 would not attack a UN facility. It took a call from Bertrand Bisimwa to Monusco to warn them on the consequences of allowing FARDC to escalate violence from their vicinity. Since Monusco was duly reminded of their own role, they had no choice but demand from FARDC to move away from UN facilty, which exposed their vulnerability. Without the backing of UN flags and blue helmet, all this boasting with bombs becomes shortlived. Moreover, to take a distance from FARDC abit late though, Monusco has backed off and gone back to Goma. This is interesting and it shows the caliber of these UN men so heavily paid to do absolutely nothing. While FARDC is fixated with the strategy designed for them by the UN brigade, which was to cut M23 off any possible supplies, it happens to be that, while I write this, M23 still hold Mutaho/Kibati, that is the key to the North of the Province’s capital, and Mugunga which the key to the crucial Goma-Sake gate. Monusco cannot believe that for two days or is it 3, FARDC have been pounding away, yet they have no control over the situation at all.
At this point, you can understand why intox and propaganda are having a field day to convince people of what Mende is dreaming off: to announce that for once FARDC have defeated the Movement for change as I call M23. I have received calls from people telling me these guys have been totally defeated. Just wait and see. But just beware, particularly our people around Goma: this intoxication will grow faster and bigger when FARDC finish their bombs and start doing what they do best: running away. And you’ll see all humanitarian NGOs multiply by the minute to help, who and for what?

7 thoughts on “M23 vs FARDC: Latest situation on the Ground

  1. Hmmm, outsiders couldn’t frigthen u guys as they need centuries to know why the root causes of your standing up. keep ur chin up guys

  2. Thanks Antoinette, like I said before;
    They’ll come marching from afar, arm in arms
    They’ll come again, from that very direction
    The last I saw of them, disappearing into the horizon
    The last I saw of them, the sultan at the helm
    The last I saw of them, marching north in single file into the misty mountains
    The last I saw of them, was last December
    The last I saw of them, I’ll always remember
    How I long to see them back
    How I long to see the sultan again

    You who carry the heavy burden of the cause
    As you descend unto us,as the Almighty guides us home
    As you descend unto us from the mountains,remember to……
    Let it out loud, don’t hold it in, sing it loud as you can….Intsinzi bana b’
    Intsinzi bana bi’wacu Intsinzi

  3. Tant que ce sont les FARDC, sous le parapluie de la MONUSCO, qui gagnent, c’est toute la communauté internationale qui jubile. Le revers de la médaille serait également proche, au cas où la Monusco accepterait de s’éloigner des positions des FARDC. Nous regrettons amèrement de constater que la MONUSCO pratique, au profit des forces gouvernementales les FARDC, les FDLR, les tactiques du Hamas, en leur offrant , en l’occurrence, l’occasion de bombarder les position du M23 à partir des installations des Nations unies. Sa complicité n’avait jamais été jamais été aussi évidente.
    Rira bien qui rira le dernier.
    A bientôt.

  4. You have really made a very articulate analysis, quite the reality on the ground…i recall how they said that they had killed 120, only to see them playing with two bodies all day like a satisfied cat playing with a dead rat….

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