Reading the so-called UNGoE mid-term report on the DRC conflict submitted to the UN Security Council at the end of last year, one can’t fail to notice that the document’s principal objective is to appease the Kinshasa regime. The mid-term report is in stark contrast to the UNGoE report presented to the UN Security Council in June last year, which presented a better version of the situation of the eastern DRC conflict. A synopsis of the fishy business that was to come played out in August last year, when the UNGoE was allegedly ‘leaked’, raising suspicions as the ‘leaked’ contents had not been part of the UNGoE report which was presented in June.
It is hard to miss the fact that the UNGoE mid-term report dedicates the largest portion of the document laboring to implicate Rwanda in the Congo conflict, relegating the root cause of the conflict to the periphery of the document. For instance, the UNGoE report presented to the UNSC in June last year detailed the collaboration between FARDC and FDLR and even mentioned that the coalition of the two was responsible for firing rockets into Rwandan territory at different times which killed and injured Rwandans and destroyed property. The mid-term report only alludes to the incidents by attributing the information to Rwanda, not as a result of their investigations.
Just like MONUSCO, whose “investigations” on the alleged Kishsishe massacres only relied on ‘eye witnesses’ and wives and children of fighters of armed groups like FDLR, Nyatura, PARECO, CODECO, and Mai-Mai, the UNGoE mid-term report indicates that their principal sources of information included ‘eye witnesses’, FARDC, displaced people, the Congolese intelligence and captured M23 fighters. Among the pieces of ‘evidence’ that the UNGoE provide to support their allegations of Rwanda’s support to the M23 is the fact that some of the M23 fighters wore helmets similar to those worn by members of the Rwanda military!
The mid-term report deliberately concentrated all its energy on implicating Rwanda, failing to put into perspective the fact that the M23 is a product of a dysfunctional approach to the conflict by the international community, which has chosen to pamper the Kinshasa regime that has failed to govern the country. Thousands of Kinyarwanda-speaking communities have been denied their rights as Congolese nationals or citizens. They face hate speech and massacres, and many have been living as refugees in neighboring countries, including Rwanda, for decades.
The choice of methodology by the UNGoE not only casts doubt on the integrity and objectivity of the experts hired by the United Nations but also brings into question the competence of the UN as the right entity for resolving global conflicts.
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