Congo leader summoned to Tanzania
Wolfgang H. Thome
KAMPALA, Uganda (eTN) – Congo’s regime leader Kabila was once again called for a meeting with the East African Community chairman, Tanzanian President Kibwete, last weekend to hold talks over the ongoing situation caused along its common frontier with Uganda and Rwanda.
Inspite of Kabila’s earlier commitments for peaceful dialogue and co-existence with Congo’s neighbors, this never happened and the events of past weeks both inside Congo as well as along the frontiers have now brought other African leaders once again into the picture, trying to reign in the rogues and have them tone down their aggression.
Congo is harboring the Rwanda genocide militias inside Congolese territory, where neither the United Nation’s MONUC troops nor the Congolese army seem to be in the least troubled by them. Congo has also given shelter and safe haven to the LRA terror group, against which the ICC has several arrest warrants pending over crimes against humanity.
Kabila, during the meeting in Dar es Salaam, committed once again to respect the colonial frontiers, while an international commission was to engage in demarcating the exact borderlines between Uganda and Congo.
Congolese soldiers, who had intruded into the no-man’s land near the Vurra border posted in Uganda’s West Nile region, are now supposed to return beyond the River Ofu again and remove the illegal installations erected in past days just meters from the Ugandan border post. This, however, has not taken place yet a week after the meeting, casting fresh doubts on Kabila’s honesty.
Rwanda, although not present in Dar es Salaam, also called for Congolese compliance with earlier accords and to disarm the free-roaming militias, which engage in ongoing hit and run attacks against Rwanda. Uganda was also hailed for their exemplary restraints displayed in the face of the latest aggression by Congo and not taking the “dangling bait.”
Meanwhile, the regime in Khartoum last week got a dose of their own medicine, when a column of daring rebels moved from the Darfur region to the capital Khartoum, and took over – at least for a while – the city of Omdurman, across the Nile from Khartoum proper and damaged a nearby airbase, before withdrawing once again into the desert. Khartoum has habitually and systematically inflicted terror, damage and death, first on the Southern Sudanese African population, and when they were militarily forced to concede there they then vented their anger and vengeance on the African population in Darfur, where they continue to commit ethnic cleansing and genocidal killings through their proxy Arab dominated militias.
International pressure is now growing on democratically elected African leaders, and the African Union, to take more decisive steps against such rogues and tyrants on the continent, if they want to be taken seriously on the global stage.