My reason is not to dance on the graves of innocent Congolese, including my own young brother, Cpl. Peter Oupal, who have since perished in the bloodletting adventure between human beings driven by greed rather than grievance. If I were in General Laurent Nkunda’s shoes, what else would I have done to resolve the conflict in eastern
Imagine having participated vigorously in the campaign to rid the then Zaire of dictator Mobutu Sese Seko but end up being ‘sidelined’ by my own compatriots at the ‘eating table!’ In the absence of a convincing political solution to
Political isolation would be my first excuse and this would be tied to the threat faced by my Tutsi ethnic group. The second reason would be the threat of depletion of Congo’s natural resources and finally, the complacency of the international community on the several attempts to resolve
I would imagine that following the overthrow of Mobutu, we would have borrowed Ugandan President Museveni’s ‘political medicine’ of forming a government of national unity. Yes, it is said to have initially worked in Uganda and
|Gen. Laurent Nkunda (left)|
This business of a president, the top leader in a country, getting bogged down by trade negotiations, renders him incapable of controlling the army. So what do we consequently see? An undisciplined army backed by a myriad of government-sponsored militias threatening to wipe out ‘my’ Tutsi ethnic constituency. How could you expect me to sit and watch my people being decimated by rabble groups?
Also, my country is well endowed by God-given natural resources that I see being looted both by the government and its foreign friends. And since my intended anti-government campaign will be based in this vast eastern
Then what happened to the
Neil Campbell recently stated that ‘it is imperative for the European Union to push Rwanda and
So what would I have in order to start the war? Lack of immediate response by the largest ever UN peacekeeping force would lend me an opportunity to recruit the numerous unemployed youth roaming the forests of eastern
In order to end this carnage, there is ample time and resources to implement the Nairobi Declaration and the Goma Agreement. Short of that, the war continues.
By Lt. (Rtd) Felix Emojong
Felix Emojong email@example.com is studying for a Master's Degree in Conflict Resolution at