Rwanda, Burundi and the Democratic Republic of the Congo met in Kigali [DRC] last week to discuss the military situation in the eastern Congo. At the end of the meeting, they alleged that a new coalition of rebel groups had formed in the Kivus region, including such unlikely allies such as the FPLC, Mai-Mai Sheka, FDLR, Mai-Mai Yakutumba and FDLR-Soki.
- DRC's president osephJabilaK
- (38 years old)
- has expressed a desire for a life-time term in office.
- To secure this, presumably, he would have to engineer an amendment to DR Congo's constitution.
- Presidential and legislative elections are scheduled for
- -- AfricaNews.com --
"DRC's Kabila wants life presidency" by Prof. Bent Mboyo Ndombo Francis
Some sources familiar with the closed-door meeting suggest that the three countries were not just sharing information. Allegedly, new joint military operations on Congolese soil are being discussed. Congo Siasa reported a possible joint operation between the Congolese and Rwandan armies in November, but talk of such a plan subsided as tensions within the CNDP decreased; most importantly, the Congolese government decided not to move ex-CNDP units out of the Kivus, the CNDP political party joined the ruling AMP coalition and some ex-CNDP military ranks were confirmed. The massive recruitment drive Gen. Bosco Ntaganda had carried out between September and December relented somewhat, although some forced recruitment continues.