By Mirembe Martina
The U.N. Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon in his report has said the Congo’s M23 rebels definitely had ‘outside help’.
Focusing on the capture of the city of Goma, Ban Ki-Moon said the tactics, weaponry and techniques used by the rebels showed that they had been helped saying they did not have enough money, and time to prepare for the capture of the city.
However, he did not state where the outside help came from or who offered it. The UN has already accused Rwanda and Uganda of the help in its report, claims that both Rwanda and Uganda denied.
“The subsequent speed, efficiency and success of the M23′s renewed offensive were rendered possible by a sudden increase in the group’s combatants, coordinated multi-pronged attacks, and attacks with coordination between infantry and fire support,” Ban said in the February 15 report released on Tuesday.
He goes on to add saying, “MONUSCO’s observations of the command and control ability of the attacking force, the effective coordination of its fire support, the quality of its equipment and its general fighting ability, particularly during night time, all suggested the existence of external support, direct and indirect.”
Despite Rwanda denying any involvement, the U.N. Security Council’s Group of Experts, said in a report late last year that Rwanda’s defense minister was commanding the M23 revolt and Kigali was arming the rebels and sending troops.
At the moment, peace talks between the rebels and the Congo government are on going.