Kinshasa is asking Kampala for reparations for the invasion of the east of its territory during the 1998-2003 war. The ICJ must decide. Back to the facts.
“The unlawful acts committed by Uganda against the Democratic Republic of the Congo (…) have claimed the lives of many of our soldiers, profoundly and lastingly affected its infrastructure and environment, bruised its civilian population and depleted its economy and natural resources. ” It was last April 20, Paul-Crispin Kakhozi Bin-Bulongo, head of the Congolese mission to the European Union, reminded the International Court of Justice (ICJ) of all that his country, the DRC, accuses the ‘Uganda.
The facts go back to the years 1998-2003. A war then opposes Uganda and Rwanda supporting rebel forces against the government of Kinshasa in eastern Congo, rich in minerals.
The “six day war”
In June 2000, the Ugandan and Rwandan armies clashed on Congolese territory, in Kisangani in the northeast: it was the “six-day war”. The fighting takes place from June 5 to 10, like the Six-Day War between Israel and the Arab League, in 1967.
Jean-Jacques Wondo, analyst and expert on geopolitical and security issues said that “the elements of the Ugandan army which were deployed in the city, which were over-militarized, confronted the elements of the Rwandan army. And for six days, the town witnessed atrocious fighting where shells, mortars and bombs were dropped to the point that it created desolation and caused many casualties. ‘Uganda was badly lived by the people and also the Congolese authorities. “
Congolese authorities are now demanding nearly $ 13.5 billion in reparations. A sum that Kampala considers exorbitant. In 2005 the ICJ ruled that Uganda had to pay reparations for invading the DRC, causing a war (1998-2003) that left more than three million dead.
In the absence of agreement between the two parties, the case is therefore once again before the Court, which must set the amount of reparations.
News Source : Allafrica