The United States government via its affiliate such as the White House, USAID and other US government programs, has no genuine interest whatsoever in training young African leaders to be serving the interests of their people. Congolese youth must be clear about this. How does one explain on one hand the US government supports the dictatorial regime in Rwanda, Uganda and was the first western nation to recognize the fraudulent 2011 election results in the Congo installing Kabila and today the office of Barack Obama would like to train young Congolese leaders? PLEASE!!! Work with the American civil society. Leave these manipulative government officials and programs. They have no credibility whatsoever in being true allies for peace in the Congo. Just ask them: why are you supporting strong men in Africa and training young African people?
Peace Deal in DR Congo
In past 24 hours, news media from around the world are reporting that a peace agreement has been reached between the Congolese government and the Rwanda and Uganda-backed M23 proxy militia.
Three separate documents were signed. None of the three documents contain the signatures of both the M23 and the DRC government. The M23 issued a declaration that has its signature. The Congolese government issued a separate declaration with its signature. And the International Conference on the Great Lakes Region (ICGLR) and the Southern African Development Community (SADC) issued a third document that had the signatures of Ugandan president Yoweri Museveni and Malawian Joyce Banda as represenatatives of the ICGLR and SADC respectively.
Click here to read these documents.
This signing means more to people outside the Congo than it does to people inside the Congo. Congolese don’t understand why the International Community is forcing the Congolese government to sign an agreement with a defeated militia group. This is indicative of the process that has been imposed on the Congolese people by outside forces. Moreover, the M23 is not the main source of the instability but rather its sponsors US allies Rwanda and Uganda (meaning the governments of these two countries). Remember before the M23, this milita group was called CNDP, and before that RCD and even earlier AFDL - all backed by Rwanda and Uganda.
This is what I wrote in an earlier article about what we believe will bring about stability in the Congo and the region.
“Though there’s much current celebration around the ‘defeat of M23,’ it is important to understand that peace will ultimately take root in the DRC only when at least three conditions are met:
1. Rwanda and Uganda must definitively cease its 17 years of intervention and military aggression in the DRC. Although the U.S. and UK have put pressure on Rwanda to abandon its support of the M23, pressure must be placed on both Rwanda and Uganda to permanently abandon their interventions in the DRC.
2. The Congolese people must have a legitimate government that has the support and popular will of the population at large. The current government, which lacks legitimacy, has mainly served to exacerbate the conflict and has contributed to serious diplomatic blunders at the regional, continental, and international levels.
3. Finally, and most importantly, it is only once the Congolese people control and determine their own affairs that lasting peace, stability and human dignity can be restored in the heart of Africa.”
I highly suggest you read the last two articles I wrote about the situation in the Congo.
Democratic Republic of Congo: A Prescription for Lasting Peace & Stability
Syria, the DRC and the ‘Responsibility to Protect’: the US Double Standard
I hope this helps to shed some light on what transpired in Nairobi yesterday. I will analyze the contents of the documents in a later post as the Congolese parliament is supposed to take up the documents and draft legislation based on the declarations.