Fighting in DRC is on!
Posted by African Press International on November 26, 2006
Dissident soldiers are now reported in a fight against the Democratic Republic of Congo’s government of Mr Joseph Kabila, the newly re-elected president.
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The attack started in the eastern part of the country close to the Rwandan border.The DRC’s army reports that the troops that started the attack are loyal to dissident general Laurent Nkunda. They attacked the town of Sake for many hours hours.
According to the United Nations, thousands of civilians had left their villages to avoid the violence.
The BBC reports that, “the fighting comes amid heightened tension in the Congolese capital, Kinshasa, where the former rebel leader, Joseph Bemba, is challenging his defeat in last month’s presidential elections.”
Recently we reported that the Mr Bemba who lost the presidential elections recently may decide to wage war against the government.
There are now fears that some of Mr Bemba’s soldiers may team up with those loyal to general Laurent Nkunda and start another conflict in the DRC.
The DRC people are tired of the conflict started by leaders who just want to have power. When the elections were called, it was expected that the loosers are to accept defeat and work with the winning side.
Now when the fighting starts in the eastern part, it will most likely move down towards Kinshasa, the seat of government of Mr Joseph Kabila.
There is no doubt that Kabila won the elections.
Starting the war now, General Nkunda may be having a plan. It is possible that he wants to force Kabila to negotiate into sharing power just like Bemba did and might demand to be given the post of vice-president.
When Mr Bemba and his forces fought before he was included in the government, he forced Kabila to negotiate and got the vice presidency.
By Korir, African Press in Norway, APN.