You may have read some of the recent reports coming out of Congo. I don’t know how it seems from the outside, but for us living through these events, it started with disbelief, then confusion, followed by amazement. Right now, we don’t dare hope…
Last week Bosco, a very senior CNDP commander, announced a comprehensive ceasefire with the Congolese army. It was unclear if this was the official CNDP position, and many of us didn’t pay that much attention, until it transpired that the Rwandan Chief of Staff was present, together with senior Congolese military officers. That’s an unusual mix. CNDP then formally confirmed the ceasefire.
Yesterday, there were reports of significant Rwandan army movements into Congo. We’ve heard this before, and I don’t always believe it. Rwandan military moving into Congo is not a joking matter. But suddenly, there they were marching past Rumangabo. Several thousand of them, very calmly as if they had been sent over by their wives to buy some milk at the supermarket. That was yesterday’s craziness. Today, truckloads of Congolese military crossed the battlefronts into CNDP territory, and now they’re all hanging out together, Rwandan Army, Congolese Army and the CNDP rebel army. Best buddies.
We don’t dare use the word… peace?