KINSHASA, Nov 3– Hundreds of people took to the streets of the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo city of Beni on Sunday after another eight people were killed overnight in new violence.
The reported killings in the city added to more than 110 deaths counted in the region since last month. Ugandan rebels using machetes and clubs were blamed for the bloodshed.
The protesters partially destroyed a roundabout where there is a statue of President Joseph Kabila, who visited the city on Friday, speaking of the killings for the first time.
Kabila pledged to “vanquish” the Allied Democratic Forces and National Army for the Liberation of Uganda (ADF-NALU) and asked the UN peacekeeping force MONUSCO to step up its presence in the region.
He also vowed to reorganise the leadership of the military campaign against the rebels.
The Ugandan rebels were chased into the DR Congo by the Ugandan army in the 1990s and have been hiding in the Ruwenzori mountains along the border since.
Although weakened by a UN-backed government offensive against them started in January, they continue to carry out massacres, forced recruitment and pillaging, and make money by trading goods, including wood.
SOURCE: NEW VISION