Capital FM (Nairobi)

30 November 2012

Africa: Uganda, Rwanda Wrongly Accused Over DRC Crisis

My country Uganda has come under heavy criticisms on the question of Eastern Congo where rebels have taken over governance since March 23rd 2012. The unnecessary toxins of gossip heaped on my country that has endured the burden of pacifying Somalia has today forced me and Africa World Media to write this article in support of the government of Uganda on the current crisis in DRC.

The UN Security Council should remove the political amnesia that has clouded their eyes and order for further analysis of the crisis in DRC instead of condemning Uganda and Rwanda on a self inflicted problem caused by their own multinational mining companies that fight to control Eastern Congo.

The UNSC should encourage search for peace and stability in the Great Lakes Region by isolating those bigger countries and their mining companies from the older democracies that are fuelling conflict in DRC. It should note with concern the deception that a UN panel of so-called experts created when implicating wrong countries in the conflict.

The support of the UNSC has made the prospects for peace in some parts of the Great Lakes region. The response of Uganda government to the dented UN report covers its strengths and weaknesses; answers all allegations against Uganda government alleged involvement in the DRC and outlines the views and the challenges before them as they search for peace in the region.

Uganda should therefore be encouraged to find a peaceful solution to the conflict in DRC instead of being condemned. In our view, a deeper historical analysis of the criminal organisations involved in the DRC encouraged by USA and based outside Africa would have enhanced a proper understanding of the failure to build viable state institutions and structures in the DRC-since the era of king Leopold II of Belgium.

The hidden hand of USA in DRC has always brought misery to this country since the disappearance and killing of Patrice Lumumba in the 1960s. As such Uganda has been a victim of international political witch-hunt and conspiracy, which has been spearheaded by the big and older democracies of the UNSC to malign the good work that President Museveni has done in Somalia where USA sparked a conflict in 1991.

In this regard, the report of UN Panel should have focussed and made recommendations for creating conditions and incentives for peace not for more wars. It should have made proposals of encouraging all parties to implement their obligations in the Lusaka Agreement of Peace that has not been fully resolved and keeps on haunting DRC. It should have also sought for deeper regional integration that will bring services to Eastern DRC with the help of neighbours like Uganda since DRC is a huge country whose government does not know the what the East, South, West and North does in the same geographical size of DRC.

Further, it should have emphasized for strong international financial support for building state institutions in the DRC that has collapsed and also increase in post-conflict reconstruction in the DRC with the help of regional neighbours instead of condemning Uganda and Rwanda that have endured that influx of refugees each time there is war in Eastern Congo.

Above all, it should have sought for deterrence on international organised crime syndicates from Europe and USA that fund the M23 as they are well known.

There are international elite networks and squads based in DRC but are not Ugandans. We have researched on this issue and found out that Uganda as country has no elite networks in DRC.A simple test of analysis reveals that the basic assumptions of the hypothesis of the UN panel are wrong. The evidence adduced by the UN Panel does not establish the existence of a link between Uganda's army as cited and the alleged. In short the UN panel lacked a balanced judgement and was highly influenced by intelligence links of the older democracies through agents in Africa.

To end this crisis, we suggest that UN Security council should focus on four key elements in DRC:

One, stronger UN support for the implementation of the Lusaka, Pretoria and Luanda Agreements.

Secondly, support for sub-regional integration in the AU framework and creation of standing African hybrid army to monitor peace.

Thirdly, Strengthen co-operation between the UNSC, the AU and the sub-regional security mechanisms in conflict resolution and prevention in DRC. Above all, ensure an agreement by the UN to deploy adequate UN peace makers in the Eastern DRC to maintain law and order as DRC government has no enough resources to do so.

We believe that mere condemnation of Uganda and Rwanda and leaving the main perpetrators which are international mining companies based in the same countries of the permanent members of Security Council is sheer scale of naivety of the highest degree. As a Ugandan I believe in exposing these facts so that my country is not dented with wrong toxins planted in the DRC by Western countries and interests.

Dr Matsanga is an International Conflict Resolution Expert and Chairman of Africa World Media Ltd

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