“Our troops Red Tabara engaged in heavy fighting on Monday at Magunda to Sud-Kivu, RD Congo against the military Burundais of FDN. Balance sheet 12 dead & more than 25 wounded on the enemy side. Our valiant fighters Red Tabara launched a surprise attack this Friday at dawn against a military position Burundiais from FDN to Masango, Sud-Kivu, RD Congo. We still don’t know the enemy’s toll. On our side, we deplore an injured person” (Red Tabara, 16.04.2022).
The rebels who was created to beat the late Burundian President Pierre Nkurunziza is now continuing to enforce impunity and extra judicial killings within the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). They are doing that will alliances with other militias and with leaders who helps their cause. Clearly the FARDC isn’t able to stop it.
That’s why the Red-Tabara could come out today with a statement of killings in South Kivu. While it was only days ago there was reports of cattle rustling or thieving of livestock in South Kivu from the same militia. Therefore, something is up and they are very active.
Just read the recent report as well…
Stealing livestock in South Kivu Province:
“Residents of the Kiziba village, in the Bijombo groupment, territory of Uvira (province of South Kivu in eastern DRC) say that rebels of the Red Tabara, a Burundian armed group, looted more than 500 cows on Wednesday. The rebel group has not yet reacted to the allegation. INFO SOS Médias Burundi – Heads of households confirmed to SOS Médias Burundi that “the rebels who looted our cows came from the village of Maheta (same groupment of Bijombo)”. The guards were stripped of everything they had on them, our sources say. Local civil society says it has documented several cases of cattle looting in the region. “We were told that some rebel leaders use the money from the sale of these cows to build or buy houses in Burundi,” said a local activist without giving evidence.
The looted animals, on April 6, were the Banyamulenge’s. This community has repeatedly accused the rebels, described by the Burundian authorities as a terrorist movement, of “having robbed us thousands of cows”. The Red Tabara spokesperson wasn’t available to comment on the allegation” (INFO SOS Médias Burundi, 12.04.2022).
So, things are not good and Red Tabara gets to continue to create havoc and injustice. They were created to fight the CNDD-FDD and late President Nkurunziza. Today, they are murderous group who ravages South Kivu for own spoils. That is how things are looking and these sorts of militias are creating more insecurity as the FARDC is overstretched with the amounts of militias operating in the Kivu regions alone. They are able to power-play and overcome the national army drive to have monopoly on violence in the region. That is evident since Red Tabara is just one of many who gets to operate and do these sinister things.
Here is some old reporting on it and a one piece from a UN report from last year in 2021.
Who is the Red Tabara:
“This group emerged last year, and is believed to be composed of former soldiers, police and demobilised ex-rebels. Its “chief-of-staff”, Melchiade Biremba, says its goal is “to hunt Nkurunziza and his clique”. With his departure, a transitional government will be formed, leading to free and credible elections. RED-Tabara shares the “same goals” as the CNARED opposition alliance – but says, “the ways and means we take are different”. RED-Tabara has been referred to as the military wing of the Movement for Solidarity and Democracy (see above) led by Alex Sinduhije – an allegation denied by Biremba. The group is especially active in Bujumbura. It claims to only target the security forces, but civilians have also been victims of grenade attacks. Biremba says RED-Tabara is united with other anti-Nkurunziza insurgent groups, but “each has its own military strategy”” (Jean-Baptiste Nkurunziza & Obi Anyadike – ‘Briefing – who’s who in Burundi’s armed opposition’ 07.06.2016).
A UN Report from 2021:
“In South Kivu, the Burundian armed group RED Tabara remained active and reportedly continued to cooperate with the Congolese Mai-Mai Ilunga, Mai-Mai René, Mai-Mai Yakutumba and Twirwaneho militias, which have been involved in abductions and kidnappings for ransom. On 15 July, RED Tabara released a communiqué denying any alliances with the aforementioned local armed groups or any involvement in attacks on FARDC” (United Nations Security Council – ‘Implementation of the Peace, Security and Cooperation Framework for the Democratic Republic of the Congo and the Region’ 30.09.2021).
It is tragic that Red Tabara can continue and prolong the agony. Just like M23 could return to North Kivu. The Red Tabara gets to violate South Kivu. There is a never ending cycle of insecurity and militias creating death in these provinces. A silent war never ending and people are dying over mineral resources and illicit trade of wealth here. Peace.
There is an issue that returns and returns, something that never leaves. The bullets and the victims doesn’t stop. The armies and militias are continuing. They have sponsors and they have fields of tax to continue their looting of either South Kivu Province or the North Kivu Province. This has been going-on, but continues to this day.
Therefore, these days things are getting worse. The realities on the ground is hard figure and the players are acting aloof. Even as they are all playing victims of insurgency, as long as they are sponsoring insurgencies in proxy within the Democratic Republic of Congo.
The Ugandans are known for supporting the M.R.C.D., the former FDLR and RNC combined group whose targeting the counterpart Rwanda. MRCD has promised to fight to overthrow Paul Kagame.
While the Rwandan Patriotic Army or Rwandan Defence Force is now in the DRC to fight the militias together with MONUSCO and FARDC. They are still following genocidaires and others there. Even the groups supported by the powers in Kampala. This being CMI and others who is giving training, ammunition and so-on.
While the Rwandan government isn’t innocent as they are supporting the Red-Tabara who is targeting Burundi and hunts for the head of Pierre Nkurunziza. Therefore, the Burundian is stressed by this.
The Burundi supported militia Mai-Mai has in the end also attacked Rwanda too. That is why all of these are using other militias, which is organized within the provinces of Kivu. While having bases there and being a proxy to attack the ones whose enemies of the head of state, who happens to control the various of Republics.
Taht is why this is worrying, as the intelligence and the means are there. That the Ugandan (Museveni) are having meetings and connections to the militias who works to topple Kagame. While Kagame are supporting another militia to topple Nkurunziza. As well, as Nkurunziza is supporting another militia to topple Kagame. Surely this East African Community (EAC) isn’t that friendly, neither is their intentions.
That they are all using various of groups, name-salads. Supported through the soft-borders of the DRC. To ensure their looting and enriching the supporters. While they are trying to find a way to ensure the end-game is secured. That their enemy and their neighbour is another leader, who they can have as a puppet.
What is worse too is that these groups are extending the harm, the deaths and the massacres in the Kivu’s. They are creating this and the masters across the borders are doing it for greed and for high of power. That they can use proxy warfare to extend their will. This is what they are doing with the various of groups. Just like the Ugandan-Rwandan used to do with the M23 and others in the past. Now, they are targeting each other and using militias for their own benefit. While Burundi has thrown their coins into the mix too, hoping for positive returns.
That should worry the FARDC, MONUSCO and the elite of Kinshasa. As their territory is used as battlefield and also as a training ground for insurgency. That will not create sustainable peace. Since, this will not silence the guns, but instead it will import the guns. That is the mere reality and reason why the silent war of Kivu’s continues. Peace.