Bijombo: residents accuse Burundian and Congolese armies of looting cows

Bijombo: residents accuse Burundian and Congolese armies of looting cows

The villages of Gahuna and Kuwamabuye are located in the Bijombo groupment. It is in the territory of Uvira in the province of South Kivu in the east of the DRC. Inhabitants of these two villages accuse Burundian and Congolese soldiers of having looted 7 cows and set fire to houses in the area. INFO SOS Médias Burundi

According to local sources, the soldiers who looted last Sunday are installed in Gahuna.

“In addition to these crushed cows, elements of the FDNB (Burundi National Defense Force) and the FARDC (Armed Forces of the Democratic Republic of Congo) also burned down houses”, say witnesses.

These are dwellings located in an area controlled by combatants from the Banyamulenge community under the command of deposed Colonel Makanika in the Kirumba area, according to our sources.

Burundian and Congolese forces have yet to react to these allegations. But on December 6, 2022, they had given Colonel Makanika, commander of the Twirwaneho armed group, 48 hours so that he could “lay down his arms, otherwise they would attack all his posts”.

According to local sources, the Congolese and Burundian armies have already set up posts in Gahuna, Kirumba, Kangwe and not far from the Bijabo forest where Makanika has established his base.

Long accused of deploying in the DRC in the company of Imbonerakure (members of the youth league of the ruling CNDD-FDD party) unofficially, the FDNB has been present on the Congolese soil officially since mid-August this year as part of a regional joint force decided by EAC heads of state at the end of June this year to “dismantle all local and foreign rebel groups” which abound in eastern Congo and “restore peace and security there”.

The third round of talks in Nairobi on this crisis which has prevailed in eastern Congo for nearly three decades have failed to achieve “a ceasefire”. The facilitator in the Congolese crisis, former President of Kenya, Uhuru Kenyatta, indicated that “one cannot solve a problem that is more than twenty years old in one day”, speaking of “path towards the settlement of the crisis “.

Protagonists agreed on the creation of a commission which will analyze in particular modalities of “the release of political prisoners who have not participated in acts of war crimes and crimes against humanity”.

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