ALERTE: Le Zimbabwe vient d'occuper, a son tour, Goma !!!
Robert Mugabe, president du Zimbabwe, a envoye 1400 soldats a Goma.
Dans le plus grand secret. Mugabe n'a consulte personne dans son pays.
En RDC, idem, e parlement et le gouvernement congolais n'ont pas ete informes.
Le Congo-brazza et l'Angola vont-ils aussi envoyer des troupes a
Kinshasa si les kinois se soulevent ?
Harare __ CABINET and parliament as well as Prime Minister Morgan
Tsvangirai were not consulted by President Robert Mugabe when he
decided to deploy Zimbabwean troops to the Democratic Republic of
Congo (DRC) as part of a Sadc peacekeeping force.
Sadc leaders decided to send 4 000 troops on a peacekeeping mission in
eastern Congo after the regional bloc's Extraordinary Summit of Heads
of State and Government held in Tanzania last weekend.
M23 rebels have sustained an eight-month siege of the eastern DRC and
seized the provincial capital of Goma, before retreating less than two
weeks after taking control of the strategic city end of November.
The rebels have been demanding direct talks with President Joseph Kabila.
They have retreated to Kibati, just 15kms from Goma, allowing the
Congolese army to move back into Goma alongside a neutral force which
Zimbabwe is sending its troops to join.
Zimbabwe immediately agreed to send troops to the war-torn
mineral-rich country after an International Conference on the Great
Lakes Region resolved to send regional peacekeepers.
This would be the second time Zimbabwe has deployed troops to the vast
country following the 1998 mission which helped prevent the overthrow
of the current president's father Laurent Kabila, after rebels had
overrun the Congolese army from Goma right up to the capital Kinshasa.
Then, Mugabe unilaterally deployed the soldiers without consulting
parliament, and to date no information on casualties or the cost of
the deployment to Zimbabwe has ever been released.
Namibia, which helped the Congolese army alongside Zimbabwe and Angola
to drive the rebels out of Kinshasa in 1998, has said it is not
sending troops to the country again despite the Sadc decision.
According to The Namibian newspaper, the country's permanent secretary
in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Veiccoh Nghiwete this week said
Namibia was not sending troops to join the Sadc peacekeeping force,
indicating there were other ways his country could assist without
deploying its soldiers.
Finance minister Tendai Biti yesterday said there was no cabinet or
even parliamentary approval to send troops to the DRC.
"This issue was not discussed in cabinet or parliament," said Biti.
"While it is good for Zimbabwe to help its brothers and sisters in the
DRC as part of a peacekeeping mission, things must be done in terms of
the constitution and the law. In this case, this was not done. We just
read in the newspapers that Zimbabwe is sending troops to the DRC.
Even though it's part of a Sadc resolution, we still need to follow
the constitution and the law and not behave like warmongers."
Biti said Zimbabwe needs to first ensure peace, security and stability
at home before rushing off to do that in other countries.
"We also need transparency in terms of the levels of troop deployments
and funding. We don't want to go back to a situation like the one in
1998 when our army was deployed arbitrarily and without transparency
and accountability," said Biti.
Permanent secretary in the Foreign Affairs ministry Joey Bimha said
Sadc, the DRC government, the United Nations and African Union would
fund the peacekeeping mission.
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