3 November 2008
Zimbabwe's Robert Mugabe has sent in military support to the Eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) to back Joseph Kabila's struggling FARDC forces against the rebel group National Congress for the Defence of the People (CNDP).
In an exclusive telephone interview with The New Times, Rene Abandi, CNDP Foreign Affairs Commissioner, made these revelations: "Zimbabweans and the FDLR are the ones that fight, government forces simply run away and we remain fighting. We have given this evidence to MONUC and they acknowledge this."
"Apart from Zimbabwe, Kabila wants to bring in SADC and as you've heard, the French also want to come in, their Foreign Minister has been lobbying for a French dominated EU humanitarian mission of about 1,500 soldiers," added Abandi.
"Their role is real," he said, declaring that they had evidence of - Zimbabwe ammunition - from the battle field.
If this is proved true, then Zimbabwe becomes complicit in the rampant looting, rape and killing taking place in the Eastern DR Congo. Commenting on the atrocities committed last week Abandi said : "They raped women, looted and maimed families on that night."
He also claimed that these brutal atrocities in Goma town were designed by the DR Congo government troops in a bid to put blame on the advancing rebel army (CNDP).