Two DR Congo army factions clash in North-Kivu

Kinshasa- DR Congo (PANA) -- Two disputing groups within the Armed Forcer of the Democratic Republic of Congo (FARDC) have been fighting in North-Kivu's Bwerenemena area since last Monday, reveals a news release issued by the UN Observer Mission in Congo (MONUC) obtained here Friday.
According to the release, troops drawn from the Congolese National Army (ANC), the former armed wing of the Rally for Congolese Democracy (RCD) led by Vice-President Azarias Ruberwa, are engaged in fighting with the former traditional Mai-Mai fighters.
The release said the reasons for the fighting, which has forced several hundreds of villagers to flee from Bweremena to Minova, are still unknown.
The military commander of the 8th FARDC region based in Goma, the North-Kivu provincial headquarters, General Obeid Rwabashira, has summoned the leaders of the two army factions for consultations.
The latest clashes, which are not an isolated incident since The installation of transitional institutions in the DR Congo, are a pointer to the teething problems in the process of forming a single army from different belligerent groups, particularly the ANC and Mai-Mai.
The Maï-Maï, who claim to be the defenders of Congo's territorial integrity, accuse the ANC of harbouring elements of the Rwandan army, their former allies bent on stocking another war in eastern DR Congo.

05 november 2004 19:25:00

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