Rwanda Focus (Kigali)

Rwanda: Goma Politicians Manipulating Residents

Following an incident of Goma where local media reported problems of Rwandese facing threats in DRC, a journalist of Syfia Grands Lacs, a press agency operating in Democratic Republic of Congo says the opposition party UDPS, L' Union pour la Démocratie et le Progrès Social of Etienne Tshisekedi is involved.

Joined on phone, Wadimonyi says "It's an immediate political manipulation that we are currently living in the city of Goma, capital of North Kivu province. The incident is part of the motorcycle taxi drivers angry who rioted after reading information on a chart posted on the head quarters of the UDPS-Goma who accuse Kabila of being the author of the situation in eastern DRC", he said "the bill board takes Kabila as Rwandese and says Rwanda is attacking the country with president Kabila being an accomplice. We saw tracts, with the same words which were propagated in the whole city".

According to the journalist, this band of uncontrolled motorcyclists went to the 8th Military Zone (Goma) to request a grant of arms to go and fight the M23, and when they were refused arms, they opted for riots, departing from Instigo roundabout to Grande Barrier and Petite Barrier of Goma-Rubavu.

Wadimonyi reports that manifesting wanted to cross the border to Rwanda, saying: "We urge Rwandans to come and live here in Goma because they like this country and we, in our turn, we will make Rwanda our home."

Part of a communiqué of UDPS posted on their website on June 16 to the attention of Congolese community, reads "the eastern Congolese are victims of a war imposed to them by Rwanda. All Congolese must know that our country is threatened, since the betrayal reached the palace [presidence-traduction from French]. This is why it is the duty of every Congolese, whatever his age and origin to invest in the uprooting of this evil plan".

The communiqué continues "UDPS urges the Congolese people to line up behind their elected president Mr. Etienne Tshisekedi wa Mulumba without hesitation. Hence, things will change soon in the Democratic Republic of Congo".

Meanwhile, the governor of the north Kivu held a meeting in Goma last evening, where, according to our source, he called upon the youth to desist from this deeds which would risk bringing chaos amongst the population.

Yet, the rioting motorcyclists were not arrested nor punished.

"That would cause more troubles", anticipates Wadimonyi ignoring the consequences of impunity.

Rwanda has consistently denied allegations on link to M23, the rebels group in war against DRC where UN and international media reports failed to prove evidence on the link.

One of arguments that Rwanda gives to prove it can never support the war, is that conflict in bordering country brings harmful consequences to its citizens.

Yet Rwanda has always supported talks to go for investigations about the war and suggested Congolese to resolve their problems without always making Rwanda a scapegoat whenever a problem rises in their country.

In the meantime, the town of Goma violence continues even amongst Congolese themselves where the widows of Congolese soldiers rioted this evening, obliging the police to intervene.

The civil society calls for people to be vigilant, saying, they are cohabiting with enemies of the country.

In Bukavu, the province of Southern Kivu is scheduled tomorrow a march of civil society to say no to the war.

"They had managed to conduct it last week, but didn't make it since the organizers were arrested for some hours", reports a journalist of Syfia Grands Lacs in Bukavu.

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