DRC recruits nearly 130 new mercenaries

On 11 February 2023 at 07:39

As part of ongoing preparations for a war instead of respecting the process of negotiations, the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) has recruited around 130 new mercenaries joining existing ones working with Congolese Army (FARDC) in the fighting against M23.

The new mercenaries from Bucharest in Romania arrived in Goma town on Tuesday 7th February 2023.

Sources from FARDC have confirmed that they are accommodated at La Joie Plazza Hotel.

It is said that the recruitment will bring the total number of mercenaries fighting in eastern DRC to 340.

Increasing mercenaries evidences the country’s stand to fight instead of respecting resolutions reached through Luanda and Nairobi processes to end hostilities by means of dialogue.

The Minister of Foreign Affairs, Dr. Vincent Biruta told parliamentarians last month that relations between Rwanda and DRC are not good even though there are established regional mechanisms to end ongoing tensions.

He disclosed that FARDC is openly engaged in collaboration with the Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Rwanda (FDLR), a terrorist group formed by individuals responsible for the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi.

Minister Biruta also revealed that the coalition never ceases saying that it will finally strike Rwanda.

“I told you what happened recently including fighter jets that have been violating Rwanda’s airspace. Besides, you have seen mercenaries brought by the Democratic Republic of Congo in the past few days. It is said that they are around 300 mercenaries living in Goma. It done openly,” he said.

Dr. Biruta highlighted that the African Union (AU) signed a convention on 3rd July 1977 for the elimination of mercenary activities on the continent.

He explained that the recruitment of mercenaries in DRC is done with intentions to attack Rwanda and the country is not condemned despite the signed ’treaty for eradication of mercenaries’.

Dr. Biruta however assured that FARDC soldiers and those mercenaries will be dealt with the way the come if they cross the red line and attack Rwanda.

Mercenaries believed to be from Wagner are seen in different corners of Goma.
Mercenaries continue to increase in DRC.