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M23 Rebels Loot Kiwandja, in Eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo

Colonal Mamadou N'Dala

FARDC Colonel Mamadou N’Dala Moustafa on the battle front in early July 2013

On Thursday July 25, 2013, M23 Congolese rebels looted the town of Kiwandja in Eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). According to AfroAmerica Network sources in the area, M23 rebels surrounded the town of  Kiwandja early in the morning of July 25, 2013 and drove several trucks into the center of the City. They then went from shop to shop and home to home, looting and loading the loot into the waiting trucks. After most of the shops were looted, M23 rebel soldiers drove the  heavily loaded trucks in the direction of Bunagana, a town held by the rebels which is at the border between Rwanda, Uganda, and DRC.

Everything I have been working for is gone. They[M23 rebels]  looted everything: my shop, my crops, and my livestock,” said a tradesman in Kiwandja.

Meanwhile, the FARDC troops continue their unrelenting slaughter on the M23 rebels and have overrun the rebels’s headquarter of Rumangabo after violent combats that included massive aerial  bombings.  FARDC troops have shown unprecedented performance during their latest push against the rebels. Most credit their newfound  bravery to their commander, the self styled  Colonel Mamadou N’Dala Moustafa.

Colonel Mamadou N’Dala highlighted in late May 2013 that  his priority is the protection of the Congolese civilians and institutions, but that ultimately, he is ready to fight a war against the M23 Congolese Rebels and to bring the war to where it began. He did not specify the meaning of where it [the war] began, but speculations started to mount that he implied to “Kigali, Rwanda“. (see our article: FARDC Commander Colonel Mamadou N’Dala Moustafa Threatens to Bring War All Way to the Source of May 30, 2013).

Sources close to Colonel N’Diala Mamadou said that he still intends to keep his promises. His popularity has been so elevated that, recently, after a rumor spread that DRC President Joseph Kabila had recalled him to Kinshasa, violent riots directed against Joseph Kabila erupted in major tows in Eastern DRC.

Will  Colonel Mamadou N’Dala followup with his threats to bring war to Rwanda? Probably not, but he has given a stinging lesson to the M23 Rebels and the Rwandan Special Forces supporting them.

Meanwhile,  while the M23 rebels were looting Kiwandja, the US Secretary of State John Kerry told the United Nations Security Council  that “In the Great Lakes region, there is an opportunity for peace. This is an area that has been beleaguered by targeted, egregious violence, and the framework that has been put in place is an opportunity to be able to make a difference. Special Envoy, former Senator Russ Feingold will indeed cooperate extremely closely with Special Representative Mary Robinson and looks forward to going to work in order to implement the framework and bring about a sustainable solution to the absence of governance and to the problems of violence in that part of the world.

we pledge to join the Security Council, the DRC, regional governments, and the international community to do everything in our power to achieve a comprehensive peace accord, ” US Secretary of State John Kerry later concluded in front of the UN Security Council Ministerial on the Great Lakes Region of Africa.

The question remains the following: what the United Nations will do when M23 rebels cannot even wait until US Secretary of  State finishes to address the United Nations Security Council, before unleashing a campaign of terror and looting?

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  • Ben July 31, 2013, 3:53 pm

    Ohh yes brother, I wonder where is this guy called Carlos…he was making a lot of noises.on this website…the FARDC are teaching the Rwanda Defence Force the lesson of their life.Long live my colonel Mamadou moustapha n’dala. He is the man of the moment.He is fighting just like My General Mbouza Mabe.The man who kicked out Laurent Nkounda out of the Town of Bukavu…crossed until Gisenyi there they had some fun ,then they were asked to pull back.

  • Shaps July 28, 2013, 10:33 pm

    Lol where is Carlos now ha ha, the M23 are so powerless the only offensive action they can do is to attack civilians ( which they always did). Its time for Rwandese general to wake up and eliminate Jack Nziza and Kabarere to distant Kagame from his base.