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25 Congolese soldiers sentenced to death for fleeing from enemy

Some of the Congolese soldiers who have been sentenced to death

Some of the Congolese soldiers who have been sentenced to death

At least 25 Armed Forces of Democratic Republic of Congo (FARDC) soldiers attached to Northern Front operations have been sentenced to death after pleading guilty to fleeing from the enemy.     

The soldiers were arrested following the recent swift advance of the March 23 Movement (M23) rebels in Lubero territory. M23 rebels captured Kanyabayonga in recent weeks and later advanced to Miriki, Kimaka, Luofu, and Kayna. Rebels also captured FARDC’s military camp of Kasando, located about 4 kilometres from Kirumba town.       

Appearing before the Butembo garrison military court presided over by captain magistrate Byamungu Munanira, the soldiers were charged with the dissipation of war munitions, fleeing from the enemy in Kaseghe and Matembe, violation of orders, and robbery.  

The court heard that the soldiers abandoned war ammunition and fled from the frontline without orders from their commanders.       Munanira also sentenced one soldier to 10 years of main penal servitude for robbery while on the front. Munanura however released four wives of soldiers after the court failed to prove their involvement in the fleeing of soldiers from the front.        

2nd Lt Reagan Mbuyi Kalonji, FARDC spokesperson for Northern Front operations says that the sentence acts as a lesson to discourage decisions that violate instructions during the fighting. Tension remains high on all fronts as both parties remain in their positions. M23 rebels have released threats of advancing to Butembo town.      

In March 2022, M23, led by Bertrand Bisimwa and Gen Sultan Makenga, initiated a conflict against the government. The DRC government accuses Rwanda of supporting M23, although both Rwanda and M23 vehemently deny these claims. The rebels assert that they are fighting against corruption, xenophobia, and discrimination within the leadership of DRC.     


0 #1 Lakwena 2024-07-05 07:22
In other words, if the death sentence is executed the same day, it will be a massacre.

But whether or not it is being backed and/or funded by Rwanda, the M23 rebels must be reminded again and again that: the wounds of war never heal.

They should also be reminded that in essence and existence to corrupt is to break.

Therefore, because of its magnitude of disrupting harmony (breaking) peace, causing widespread and/or grievous harm such as: the loss of lives destruction of properties, internal and external displacements, retarding development, etc.WAR (violence) is the worst form of CORRUPTION.
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+1 #2 Lakwena 2024-07-05 07:44
E.g. it was the Feb 1981, corruption (dishonesty) of the NRA/M rebel ascend to political power through the crime of violence (corruption), whose wounds/scar in Luweero and Greater Northern Uganda has never healed/disappeared.

It is for the same corruption of violence that all forms of corruption are to the top, at expense of the majority of Ugandans and/or to the detriment and backwardness of Uganda in the Great Lake Region.

It was the October 1990 corruption of RPA/F rebel (violence) that triggered the 1994 Genocide wounds that will never heal, and festering in the Eastern DR Congo, and gives Kagame (Rwandese Problem of Africa) regime sleepless nights.
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0 #3 kabayekka 2024-07-08 01:44
Indeed it is an African blood bath country. It is clear that the citizens of DRC are going to fight each other until Jesus comes back to earth.

It would help these senior officials who are going to execute these front line soldiers to go to the front themselves.

Other than picking more young Congolese citizens to go to such brutal and useless Pan African civil wars and die there!

Exactly what did the government of Mobutu obtain when he handed Lumumba to the African tribe of Tshombe that slaughtered him and his ministers like bush boars!
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