Bomb kills Kenyan peacekeeper came from FARDC-Source
A senior official termed claims by the Congolese military as ‘fictitious’ and insisted that the mortar fire which targeted positions held by the Regional Force originated from the positions of the Armed Forces of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (FARDC).
A highly placed source within the East African Community Regional Force (EACRF) has refuted claims that Rwanda planned the mortar attack that killed a Kenyan peacekeeper.
“The East Africa Regional force insists that the mortar was fired by the FARDC of the DRC,” the senior official with access to EACRF said.
It is the first death reported among the Kenyan troops since they joined the force last year.
Fighting has resumed recently between the M23 rebels and a pro-government self-defence militia known as Wazalendo in parts of North Kivu province.
The regional force has faced heavy criticism from DR Congo for failing to stop the violence.
The killing of this Kenyan soldier comes after several days of threats to the Ugandan and Kenyan forces for refusing to help Congo against the M23 group.
A few days later, the Wazalendo ambushed the Ugandan army where the wounded were going to be treated in Kisoro.
A statement from the DR Congo army condemned the killing, blaming it on the M23.
The DR Congo army said the attack was aimed at “creating a misunderstanding” between it and the EACRF.
The President of M23, Bertrand Bisiimwa said on the X that they have no interest in attacking the EARCF’s Force that it was done by the Government.
He said that the FARDC and its allies are planning to expel the EAC forces and some are threatening to attack them.
EACRF did not release an official statement on the incident that risks stoking tensions between the troops serving under the EACRF umbrella.
Since violence flared in October 2022, 1.5 million people have been forced to flee their homes in eastern DRC.
A total of 6.1 million people are displaced Eastern DRC.
EACRF comprises of troops drawn from Kenya, Uganda, Burundi and South Sudan.
THE RWANDA SUN