Ituri militias to join Congolese National army

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By Josephine Lukoya

The leader of the Patriotic Resistance in Ituri (FRPI), Cobra Matata, is willing to go to the Congolese Armed Forces (FARDC) with his men that desire. The militia would drive to consolidate its fighters from two days to one hundred kilometers from Bunia. At the 9th Military Region, it is hoped that this commitment a reality.

District officials and sources close to Monusco also confirm this information. Since last Thursday, about 200 militiamen were seen to FRPI Bukiringi, a hundred kilometers from Bunia. Dressed in uniform FARDC, they mingle with civilians, especially in the market, and would have even talked to the chiefs of this village.

Reached by telephone Friday, Cobra Matata said he was ready to go, saying “it’s time to make peace.” It is taking action in a process which it has subscribed a few weeks ago with the support of interim chief city of Bunia, Serge Losa.

He also expressed willingness to bring 1,500 troops who fight alongside him. Particular, it requires mixing of his men with the FARDC and amnesty for his men and himself.

In Kisangani, Brigadier General Jean-Claude Kifwa, commander of the 9th FARDC military region, hope that Cobra Matata abides by his promise.

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