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The East African : Feb 14th 2015
The EastAfrican NEWS FEBRUARY 14-20,2015 LAPSED ULTIMATUM UN playing ping-pong with rebels, says Rwanda Withd≥awing suppo≥t to DRC a≥my will delay o≠ensive, it says By EDMUND KAGIRE The EastAfrican R wanda has strongly criticised the United Nations over its decision to withdraw support from the Congolese military, FARDC, effectively delaying a planned offensive against rebels in the east of the vast country. Monusco, the UN peacekeep- ing mission to Democratic Republic of Congo, announced this week it was suspending its support to the Central African country’s army in its offensive against the Rwandan FDLR rebels, who are accused of involvement in the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi. The UN said two Congolese generals in charge of the operation are accused of “massive violations” of human rights. Rwanda’s Foreign Affairs Minister Louise Mushikiwabo questioned the decision, which is likely to further delay the offensive, in a post on her Twitter handle. Billion-dollar-a-year nonsense “How does one pause before starting?” Ms Mushikiwabo tweeted. She added later that “It’s a billion-and-a-half-dollara-year nonsense” in apparent reference to Monusco, which is the UN’s largest peacekeeping THREAT TO REGION An FDLR militant in DRC. The UN has delayed an offensive against the rebels. Picture: File mission in the world with an annual budget of $1.5 billion. While updating parliament on Several countries and politicians continue to meddle in the efforts to defeat the rebels.” Louise Mushikiwabo Rwanda’s foreign policy and diplomatic relations on Thursday, Ms Mushikiwabo said the countries funding Monusco should be “ashamed.” She said the international community had continued to “play around” with the issue of FDLR despite Rwanda’s pleas to the world to neutralise the militias, who Kigali says maintain a genocide ideology. Ms Mushikiwabo, who has been critical of the UN’s approach to the matter, spoke of a conspiracy to frustrate efforts to neutralise FDLR. “Very often, we have expressed our concern about the presence of the FDLR in eastern DRC and the danger it poses to regional security, but several countries and politicians continue to meddle in the efforts to defeat the rebels,” she said, without naming any countries. “People have resorted to playing dirty politics over the matter and using FDLR as a proxy to destabilise Rwanda.” Rwanda sees the continued presence of the FDLR close to its border as an existential threat. It has twice sent troops into Congo to pursue the militants and has been accused of supporting proxy militias, including the M23, to contain the FDLR. A six-month UN ultimatum to the rebels to disarm or surren- Rwanda’s Minister for Defence Gen James Kabarebe told parliament the FDLR are no longer a threat militarily but the fact that its leaders are still passing on the genocide ideology to young generations itself is a threat to regional security. Gen Kabarebe said that the rebel numbers had dwindled from an estimated 20,000 fighters over the past decade to only 2,000. der lapsed on January 2 unheeded despite the threat of military attacks for non-compliance. Tanzania and South Africa are among countries that have contributed troops to the UN Force Intervention Brigade that was expected to engage in a “joint operation” with Congolese government forces against the rebels, but Kigali has accused Dar es Salaam of sympathising with and supporting the FDLR. The UN has questioned the choice of Gen Bruno Mandevu and Gen Fall Sikabwe to lead the offensive. “The UN Mission in the DRC has raised concerns linking two FARDC generals to humanrights violations, and therefore we have paused our support to FARDC on anti-FDLR (Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Rwanda) operations,” said a UN official who spoke to Reuters news agency on condition of anonymity. The UN however maintains that it will resume its support to FARDC if the two generals are replaced. The DRC government is yet to comment on the matter. FDLR weakened Despite the Rwandan gov- ernment expressing its frustration in the delay in routing the rebels, officials say the group is weakened and poses no major threat to Rwanda’s security. But they are concerned about what they see as its genocide ideology and the risk of its spreading. While briefing parliament’s Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs, Co-operation and Security this week, Rwanda’s Minister for Defence Gen James Kabarebe said FDLR no longer posed a military threat to Rwanda. “Our biggest concern is the continued spread of the genocide ideology, but FDLR is not a threat to Rwanda militarily because they no longer have the capacity and numbers,” he said. 3 The Ministry ofWorks and Transport invited sealed bids from eligible and qualified bidders for supply and delivery of IT and Office Equipment (Lots 1- 7) in the advert that appeared in the East African Newspaper Issue Dated: 24 - 30 January 2015 detailed below; No. Procurement Reference Number 1 IFB Reference Number: MoWT/ SUPLS/201314/0037 Subjectmatter of Procurement PROCUREMENT OF IT AND OFFICE EQUIPEMENT (LOTS 1-7) March 2015 to 12th Bid Submission date 12th March 2015 2. This is to inform that the deadline for submission of bids has been changed from 9th time). 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