DRC army mutiny stopped
07 May 2012, 16:53
Kinshasa - The Congolese army said on Sunday it has suspended
military operations in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo where it
claimed that a mutiny has been brought under control.
the Congolese armed forces (FARDC) had been fighting defectors as well
as hunting former rebel leader and indicted war criminal Jean Bosco
But on Sunday, lieutenant general Didier Etumba
Longila, said in a statement received by AFP that the threat was over in
Operations against the "undisciplined" in the region
had been suspended with all areas where fighting had taken place now
under army control, the statement said without giving further details.
"The FARDC have since the night of May 4-5 suspended operations to neutralise these undisciplined soldiers," Etumba said.
However, civilians fearing clashes were still slipping into Uganda for safety at night, residents said.
the past three days, residents of Bunagana, a town in an area near
Rwanda and Uganda often under rebel attack, have been abandoning their
homes at night and only returning at daylight, a local resident said.
the morning they return to Bunagana to assess the situation and at
night they go back to Uganda where they hide their belongings," the
National Congress for the Defence of the People (CNDP) had integrated
the Congo's regular forces after a peace deal in 2009.
beginning last week some soldiers loyal to Ntaganda defected from the
army, and clashed with national troops in the east of the country.
Friday the army already said it had seized control of Mushaki, an area
where Ntaganda had been holed up, but sources said the former rebel
chief had since moved on to join defectors near Rwanda.
who is wanted by the International Criminal Court for alleged war
crimes including recruiting child soldiers, last week told AFP he was on
a farm near Mushaki with the full knowledge of the army and President
But a former rebel said on Friday he was on his
way to join his former rebel lieutenants, passing through Congo's famed
Virunga National Park towards Rwanda.
Locals accuse Ntaganda's men of killings, rape and looting.