Saturday, January 5, 2019

US Deployed More Troops In Africa Over Congo Unrest

US sends more soldiers in Africa with combat equipment and aircraft over Congo unrest.
About 80 troops arrived in Gabon this week and more expected to follow, the White House announced in a letter to Congress on last Friday. President Trump said the military personnel, who arrived in Africa on 02 January 2019 along with their combat equipment and aircraft, are there to help protect U.S. citizens and diplomatic facilities in Kinshasa, Congo. Washington has many sparrowing decades of interest in DRC-congo which dated since 1960s under Mobutu Sese Seko after assisting and murdering the democratic elected nationalist President Patrice Lumumba.  

The country had long-delayed elections that took place on New Year's eve 30 December 2018, but has yet to release the election results. Trump cited "violent demonstrations" that may occur in reaction to the elections, and a travel advisory issued by the State Department in mid-December cited violent crime and civil unrest, including violence at protests and armed conflict in certain regions.


"These deployed personnel will remain in the region until the security situation in the Democratic Republic of the Congo becomes such that their presence is no longer needed," the letter states. The country cut off Internet service, reportedly to stymie speculation about the results, the Associated Press reported, leading to calls from both religious and political organizations to release the results. “This being a very sensitive, a very tense period, we are concerned that these efforts to silence dissent could backfire considerably when the results are announced,” a spokeswoman for the U.N. human rights office, Ravina Shamdasani. “We are watching carefully, and we are calling on all sides to refrain from the use of violence.”  

The Africans in diaspora have add a serious call to the leadership vacuum, and lack of gentle mediation on the continent, that opened further opportunities for outsiders to come and meddling in domestic affairs, which often result into capitalistic self-imposing on Africa's resources and exploitation.  

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