On Saturday February 17, 2024, while the African Union was holding a Summit in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, the United States Government strongly condemned the worsening violence and war crimes in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) committed by the Rwandan Defense Forces (RDF) troops under the cover of M23 rebels. The condemnation followed the recent incursions of Rwandan troops into the city of Sake, a few kilometers from the city of Goma, the capital of North-Kivu province, the killings of South African National Defence Force (SANDF) peace keeping soldiers in DRC under the SAMIDRC, and the shooting of FARDC aircrafts and civilians planes using drones. With the strong condemnations by the US Government, the questions have shifted to the next steps of actions against the Rwandan government and military leaders.
On Monday Feb 12, 2024, the South African government confirmed its decision to deploy more South African National Defense Force (SANDF) troops, increasing its contribution to the Southern African Development Community (SADC) force to help the Congolese forces, FARDC, in their fight against the armed groups in eastern Congo ( see here DR Congo: More Aggressive Protests Against Western Governments as UN Confirms Invasion by Rwandan Troops and South Africa Sends More Troops).
As the south African troops were being deployed, the Rwandan Defense Force (RDF) troops, under the cover of the M23 rebels, launched bombs on the military camps of SANDF, killing 2 south African soldiers and wounding a number of other troops(see pictures at the bottom). The attack has fueled questions on whether RDF are ready to directly confront SANDF.
Since Friday Feb 9, 2024 Congolese protesters in Kinshasa have been calling on the West to stop supporting the invasion of Eastern DR Congo by Rwandan troops, under the cover of M23 rebels. As the Congolese police has been trying to control the protests and avoid violence, two developments happened. Despite the denials by Rwandan dictator Paul Kagame and his ministers, a new United Nations document revealed that M23 rebels are using arms provided by the Rwandan government and military. Then, South African government confirmed its decision to deploy more troops to increase its contribution to the Southern African Development Community (SADC) force, to fight armed groups in eastern Congo.
On Friday February 9, 2024 the government of the DR Congo and UN mission force in DR Congo, MONUSCO have confirmed their determination to work together to fight off against the invasion of the Rwandan Defence Forces (RDF) under the cover of M23 rebels. MONUSCO reiterated its commitment to support the FARDC in the protection of the city of Sake in Masisi and the city of Goma. The Operation of FARDC and MONUSCO, known as Springbok, will also be supported by the forces of Southern African Development Community (SADC).
Namibia's President Hage Gottfried Geingob, one of the main heroes or Namibia Independence and Revolution against Apartheid has died. He was 82 years old. The death was announced by Vice-President Nangolo Mbumba who has later been sworn-in as the interim president until the elections planned later this year. Netumbo Nandi-Ndaitwah, who was previously serving as the Deputy-Prime Minister of Namibia from 2015 to 2024, has now been appointed the interim vice-president. Shen may be the next president and the first female president of Namibia if she wins the upcoming elections planned for November 2024.
President Félix Antoine Tshisekedi, 60 years old, the current president of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and one of the most AfroAmerica Network influential Black Men of Year 2024 (see here AfroAmerica Network Most Influential Black Persons as of 2024) won the December 20, 2023 presidential elections. He was sworn in for the second term on Saturday January 20, 2024. His remarkable swearing-in ceremony was attended by more than forty delegations, including 20 heads of state and government.
Since Félix Tshisekedi was declared the winner and getting to start his second term, the attention has shifted towards the worsening security situation in the DR Congo due to the invasion by the Rwandan military under the cover of M23 rebels and his promises directed against the Rwandan dictator Paul Kagame.
On May 17, 2023, Dr. Denis Mukwege, 2018 Nobel Peace Prize winner, appointed a special advisor and other political leaders and activists within his closest team. The appointment of Congolese political figures as his closest advisors, raised the expectations that Dr. Denis Mukwege was ready for the next steps: a political career with the aim to become the next President of the DRC in the upcoming elections, planned in December 2023. Now, as predicted in our previous article, Dr Dennis Mukwege has confirmed his bid to become the next DRC President (see DR Congo: Will Dr. Denis Mukwege Be the Next President in December 2023?).
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