The operational situation in the Democratic Republic of Congo is dominated by attacks by loyalist forces against the “terrorists” of the M23/RDF and the recurring incursions observed on the axes of the far North by the ADF – MTM. This situation was revealed by Samy Adubango, Deputy Minister of National Defense and Veterans Affairs, on behalf of its holder Jean-Pierre Bemba Gombo during the 124th meeting of the Council of Ministers held Friday February 9, 2024.
“On all front lines, the Armed Forces of the Democratic Republic of Congo behave with bravery to carry out counter-offensives and rout the terrorists, thus ensuring the security of the populations. This is the case in Masisi where our troops managed to dislodge elements of the Rwandan army and the M23 from certain positions they occupied. Our defense and security forces remain engaged and more than determined to pacify this part of the country,” reports the report of the meeting read by government spokesperson Patrick Muyaya.
The intensification of fighting between the army and the M23 rebellion seems to be echoed in Kinshasa, capital of the Democratic Republic of Congo. It is in this context that the Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of National Defense and Veterans Affairs, Jean-Pierre Bemba, and the FARDC Chief of Staff, Christian Tshiwewe, stayed in Goma to realize the evolution of the situation on the ground. After meeting with MONUSCO command forces, the two personalities met civil society delegates as well as representatives of families who were victims of the explosions that caused deaths in Sake, 27 km from Goma.
And on the ground, after a few hours of calm, clashes have been reported in recent days in the hills overlooking the city of Sake, in the territory of Masisi. The army once again used its warplanes to bomb rebel positions. Our sources in the region confirm that the regular forces, supported by the young Wazalendo patriots, managed to regain control of Nenero hill.
Faced with this situation, demonstrations broke out in Kinshasa, targeting diplomatic representations and certain international organizations, on Saturday February 10. Angry youths burned vehicles belonging to some embassies and the United Nations Organization Stabilization Mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo (MONUSCO). The demonstrators expressed their discontent with what they perceive as indifference from the international community to the security and humanitarian drama in eastern DRC.