Tanzania prepared to intervene in DRC conflict

By Daniel Semberya in Dar es Salaam

December 04, 2012

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Tanzania is prepared to send troops to the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) to combat the March 23rd Movement (M23) fighting to overthrow the Congolese government, Tanzanian officials told Sabahi.

  • A child watches as Democratic Republic of the Congo government soldiers return to the military barracks in Goma on Monday (December 3rd), two days after M23 fighters withdrew. Tanzania and other regional countries are working to quell the conflict. [Phil Moore/AFP]

    A child watches as Democratic Republic of the Congo government soldiers return to the military barracks in Goma on Monday (December 3rd), two days after M23 fighters withdrew. Tanzania and other regional countries are working to quell the conflict. [Phil Moore/AFP]

Tanzanian troops would be deployed as part of a peacekeeping mission under a United Nations mandate, the same way they have been deployed to other countries in the region, Tanzania People's Defence Force spokesman Colonel Kapambala Mgawe said Friday (November 30th).

"Tanzania has been involved in peace, training and advisory missions to many countries," he told Sabahi, explaining that Tanzanian troops have been in missions to Lebanon, Darfur, South Sudan, the Comoros and Liberia.

"Tanzania never goes to any respective country without a request from that country or from the United Nations," he said.

Mgawe said that while the DRC conflict does not pose a specific threat to Tanzania, regional leaders are increasingly concerned about the instability it could create.

Southern Africa Development Community (SADC) member states are working together to ensure democratic governments in the region are not threatened or overthrown by rebels, and that the rule of law prevails, he said.

M23 was formed on April 4th this year when nearly 300 soldiers turned against the DRC government, citing poor conditions in the army and the government's unwillingness to implement a March 23, 2009 peace agreement for which they are named.

M23 has also accused DRC President Joseph Kabila of cheating in the November 2011 elections, which were marred by violent protests, widespread logistical problems and international criticism.

Potential peace talks

M23's November 20th capture of Goma, the capital of the resource-rich North Kivu province, eight months after they launched their uprising against the government, sparked fears of a wider war and major humanitarian crisis, AFP reported.

The group withdrew from Goma on Monday (December 3rd), although fighters remain close to the city and have not yet pulled back the full 20 kilometres agreed upon in a regionally brokered deal.

M23's political leader Jean-Marie Runiga said Tuesday that his group was ready for talks with the government.

Negotiations will begin "in the next few days in Kampala", DRC Interior Minister Richard Muyej Mangez confirmed. He said the government would send a "full team" including key civil society leaders and members of the national assembly and senate.

However, Kabila -- who M23 has demanded step down from power -- is not expected to attend the initial negotiations.

At the same time, UN experts produced what they said was new evidence that "strongly upholds" previous accusations that Rwanda and Uganda had backed M23.

The report, obtained by AFP on Monday, says that Rwanda and Uganda helped M23 stage their offensive, with Uganda providing logistical support and hundreds of Rwandan troops joining the force that took Goma.

Both Rwanda and Uganda have strongly denied involvement in the conflict.

Peacekeepers on standby

While tensions remain high, Tanzania is going ahead with plans to deploy one battalion comprising 700 to 800 soldiers under SADC oversight, pending the UN mandate, Tanzanian Minister for Foreign Affairs and International Co-operation Bernard Membe said.

In August, the 11 member states of the International Conference of the Great Lakes Region (ICGRL) requested that the SADC send 4,000 soldiers to the DRC upon issuance of a Chapter 7 UN mandate, which gives peacekeepers the authority to take action when civilians are under imminent threat.

So far, the UN has only allowed peacekeepers to defend themselves in case of attack under Chapter 6 of its mandate, which does not allow a pro-active role.

"We condemn what the rebels are doing in eastern Congo," Membe said. "It is unacceptable to Tanzania." To enforce peace in the DRC, troops may need to use force to execute their mandate, he said.

"Tanzania wants the rebels to leave Goma and other important areas they are occupying to allow for talks, or the UN should give approval to SADC troops to immediately be part of the mission assisting the DRC government troops," he said.

The threat to Tanzania

The DRC conflict is important to Tanzania because if left unchecked, it could have social and political repercussions on East African states, Membe said. Tanzania could receive a large influx of refugees if the conflict spreads, making the nation more vulnerable to security threats, he said.

Tanzania has hosted refugees from Burundi and the DRC since the early 1990s. As of January, there were more than 130,000 refugees in the country, about half from the DRC, according to the UN High Commissioner for Refugees.

Membe said regional stakeholders must show leadership and take a pro-active approach to stabilise the situation.

On November 24th, Tanzanian President Jakaya Kikwete met with Kabila, Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni, Kenyan President Mwai Kibaki and African Union Commission chairwoman Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma at the 5th summit of the ICGRL.

The ICGRL called on M23 to cease all war activities, and called on both M23 and the government to adhere to previous agreements. Participants at the meeting also urged regional countries to take a greater role in ensuring peace in the DRC.

Citizen reaction

Citizens in Dar es Salaam expressed differing opinions about whether Tanzania should engage in a military operation in the DRC.

Omary Mkonge, 75, said he is against the government sending soldiers to the DRC. "There is no need for us to intervene in a war that will cost our country dearly," he said. "You see, 33 years after the war with Uganda, our country has not yet economically stabilised. We still have the scars of the war."

Mkonge said the government should use its resources to help rural Tanzanians, some of whom live in extreme poverty.

Kambarage Manuga, 80, commended Tanzania's decision to send peacekeeping troops to the DRC to help protect those who are vulnerable.

"In any war, from my long experiences, women, children and old people are the ones who suffer the most," she told Sabahi. "I support the move by my government to intervene in the DRC conflict. You cannot remain at peace when your neighbour's house is burning."

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  • MARX
    May 24, 2013 @ 09:50:43AM

    We are here to maintain peace. Our dignity as Tanzanians will be more valued if we manage to save our Congolese brothers' lives. Congolese army is undermined from within as well as from outside. Now life of the people of Congo has been commanded by the gun. Whoever has the gun is the judge. Whoever has the gun is unbeatable. Congratulations Tanzania. MAKE THINGS HAPPEN IN CONGO

  • Chalii
    May 14, 2013 @ 01:00:29AM

    Yah!i support the govrnmnt opinion of sent the troops to DRC

  • mama p
    May 4, 2013 @ 12:33:37PM

    Peace is very important. Move forward, our country's soldiers, so that you can bring peace.

  • jackson
    April 21, 2013 @ 09:08:07AM

    Dear Tanzanians, I don't see the reason of sending our troops to DRC, because those who are fighting have their own reasons of doing so. Firstly, they are fighting for their rights. Secondly, to be recognized that they are Congolese. They have their relatives who are living as refugees in neighboring countries whose citizenship status is not yet solved up to date. On which basis our soldiers are going to fight against these people who are fighting for their rights? Be careful, you are going to fight with the people who have experience in fighting guerrilla wars and at the place they know better. Why don't you find another ways of solving the DRC conflict, which are different from fighting? Dear Tanzanians, let's be careful, our army might be eliminated for no reason.

  • bruno mars
    February 23, 2013 @ 07:50:50AM

    until when will this situation continue?

  • ngusura
    January 22, 2013 @ 10:36:10PM

    there is need to use wisdom there and in this wisdom the government should advise him in order to avoid war he should fulfill the promises. He made to his soldiers because they are all Congolese and when brothers fight take a hoe and dig. The problem is oppression and oppression does not last if it lasts it destroys

  • muhozi bunura
    January 13, 2013 @ 03:31:32AM

    My opinion is that before we take our soldiers to the DRC we should ask ourselves two things; firstly if we are not able to defeat the M23 rebels what will be the effect on the country? Secondly, if we are able to defeat them how long will our soldiers stay there

  • Joel Lubebe
    January 12, 2013 @ 08:47:57AM

    I highly comment positively for the intervention of Tanzania in the DRC crisis. Our country will never feel at easy while our neibours are in turmoil situation. What M23 are exercising is inhuman and untorelable to any peace minded person.

  • Ramadhan Mbalamwezi
    January 10, 2013 @ 07:20:48AM

    As Tanzanians let's think with our third eye. You know, before you go to calm down a conflict, you have to plan the way to stop it? Hon. Membe could have analyzed these key questions. My fear is for my country that has learnt being in peace, however, this M23 rebels cannot withstand our military; this means M23 will come to Tanzania when our military goes to Tanzania. Therefore, if they are not kept off, then it will be a problem to Tanzanians.,,, Let's think of our country which is economically poor, so let's not accept to be used as weapons to benefit our neighbors when we are dying in our home.

  • Kimulika PJ Galikunga
    January 9, 2013 @ 12:53:34PM

    It is right to take troops to DRC Congo to keep peace but they should fight M23 rebels if needs be, because they are fighting against a legitimate government without any basis.

  • frank
    January 9, 2013 @ 10:16:01AM

    Tanzania has nothing. We failed in issues of our own country, so we intervene in others. Let's solve our own problems before we interfere with what is happening outside. Corruption has grown roots in our country to the extent it was openly seen in the campaign of ruling party.

  • Cpl. Marcel Pius MTETE
    January 8, 2013 @ 10:54:20AM

    Come on people! Taking military to Congo is not a solution to the conflict. This issue is being protected by Kagame and Museveni. It is fight for resources and not political. Wake up people!

  • Dr Gabriel T Ndunguru
    January 8, 2013 @ 10:42:58AM

    My opinion is that the military to go faster to finish those threats by M23. Tanzania should not go there to keep peace but to destroy the rebels so that DRC can get peace. We can get those problems and we may be forced to ask for assistance from President Kabila. We are under obligation to help one another.

  • Cpl. Marcel Pius MTETE
    January 8, 2013 @ 10:41:29AM

    Truly, there is another approach to Congo's issues. This fight is for resources and not political as people show. There is animosity in the world of riches. Truly, there are those who suffer in this conflict but the rich class want the conflict to continue so that they can sell weapons and benefit by getting the natural resources. Anyone like me who has been affected by war will not be happy with this action. Remember the effect of Kigera war, up to today.......I don't know.

  • Gilbert Joseph
    January 8, 2013 @ 07:29:34AM

    Tanzania's foreign policy ensures that its neighbors live in peace and freedom all the times. Therefore, it is good to take military to DRC to ensure there is peace. It is not because DRC is our neighbor only but the conflicts in DRC will also affect us.

  • John Samson
    January 8, 2013 @ 03:26:59AM

    Message from Edson Kato, it is an opening to Tanzania and East Africa Community concerning what ought to be done to bring solution to the problems in DRC. Getting facts is the beginning of providing true solution to DRC problems. Now if we go there as Tanzanians to crack down the M23 rebels so that the people of DRC get peace and stability, then there are Uganda and Rwanda awake day and night trying to support M23 to advance; do you think we will be able to be successful? Or it is just killing our children in DRC and increase poverty in Tanzania when Rwanda and Congo are serving themselves the riches of DRC, tarmack their road and build modern houses for their citizens at cheap loans... What should the East Africa community, SADC and others do? why do they exist? Who are Kagame and Museveni for them not to be investigated and suspended for a period with the intention to rehabilitate the them?

  • peter mwasewe
    January 7, 2013 @ 12:37:47PM

    It is very much okay.

  • MAGORI
    January 7, 2013 @ 11:52:10AM

    Protecting peace is one of the functions of Tanzania, therefore I don't the reason why as Tanzanians we should be different from those countries that do so in various regions in the world. Let's not be selfish. Let's ask ourselves what if this happens in our country and we are left alone to kill one another till we finish ourselves? Let's think broad particularly when it comes to international issues. We have no hatred for the people of Congo but good intention and I trust our military is keen and it cannot continue to keep peace if they see their mission is being hijacked. YOU, COMMANDERS SHOULD PLAY YOUR ROLES AS YOU ARE INSTRUCTED AND NOT OTHERWISE.

  • Joseph Muhehwa
    January 7, 2013 @ 08:10:36AM

    Tanzania's effort to intervene in the conflict between DRC and M23 is important even though there are signs of them being in danger. We should not only intervene but also protect ourselves without necessarily getting involved into fights. Tanzania has greater opportunity to provide platform for negotiation between the government and M23 to reach agreement. If we get involved into a fight that has no primary reason, we will be seen as sycophants of DRC. Our president can use this opportunity to bring negotiation more than getting involved into a conflict. It is worth noting, as Tanzanians we helped a lot the neighboring country since independence but our assistance was in form of mediation talks and military intervention in where the situation demanded but we put more effort in mediation talks to happen between the government and the rebels. Let's distance ourselves from suspicions that can severe our relation with neighboring countries. If Kabila gets overpowered and ask for assistance, let's weigh his call for assistance. Let's also study what M23 claims and for whose benefit? To which extent that is true and what Kabila knows about the claim by his military. We have issues we can do to raise the economy of this country for the benefit of Tanzanians who live in difficult conditions or even raise the economy in general. Joseph Muhehwa

  • Alban Mwale
    January 7, 2013 @ 04:24:25AM

    It is important step and I support but the government could have also look at the internal security of the country particularly in Zanzibar where we have had the explosion that was reported a day ago by people who had weapons that could affect the citizens who have committed NO CRIME FOR EXAMPLE; LIKE THE SHOOTING OF PASTOR MKENDA IN ZANZIBAR. LET'S FIRST WORK ON INTERNAL SECURITY AND THEN WE GO OUT.

  • JUMA KABELWA
    January 6, 2013 @ 07:42:58AM

    IT WOULD BE GOOD IF AS A MEMBER COUNTRY WE SHOW SUPPORT TOWARDS ANOTHER MEMBER COUNTRY. BUT WE SHOULD ALSO BE CAREFUL SO THAT IT DOESN'T TURN TO US LIKE AL-SHABAAB IN KENYA. SO IF IT IS DEFEATING M23 LET THEM BE TRULY DEFEATED SO THAT THEY DON'T COME TO TRANSFER ATTACKS TO TANZANIA TO REVENGE AS IT IS IN KENYA WHERE WE SEE POLICEMEN BEING KILLED AND CITIZENS BEING KILLED.THERE IS NO LONGER ANY PEACE AND THE COUNTRY CANNOT DEVELOP ECONOMICALLY

  • ALEX MNYEKE
    January 5, 2013 @ 09:30:25AM

    Because this is my first time to read it, I am very happy with it. I don't know if later it will continue to be like this or it will be made even better.

  • gustaph kiswaga
    December 31, 2012 @ 03:58:08AM

    I don't think that there is any significance of taking the army to the DRC

  • hashim b waziri
    December 30, 2012 @ 01:07:27PM

    in my opinion it is not bad to help our colleagues to get peace, but my concern is that they shouldn't cause problems for us and want to take revenge

  • Niko Juu
    December 30, 2012 @ 05:23:19AM

    Rwandans are slowly invading the Kagera region (encroachment), the sleeping Bongo government is sleeping. In 20 years’ time what is happening in the DRC will be happening here at home. Those invaders with whom they are laughing (the Rwandans) will say that Kagera is theirs and they will want to be given a lot of land, otherwise they will start rebellion (war). Instead of safeguarding the borders of Kagera and Kigoma, the sleeping Bongo government is getting involved in a war that it does not understand and that does not involve it. It is getting involved in this deception when university students lack fees and drop out of school. Others sell their bodies in order to survive! Teachers have had a lot of demands for arrears and a lot of strikes, yet today there is money to spray bullets but there is no money to solve the problems of civil servants. Doctors are going on strike because of lots of legitimate interests, the response of the government to them is “let us go and fight in Congo”. What an opprobrious decision it is!!!. All you who are saying let us save Congo are mistaken, we have saved very many (Mozambique, Zimbabwe, Namibia, Angola, RSA, etc., etc.) what have we gained except for being REPROACHED as a COUNTRY WITH NO DEVELOPMENT! The problem is that Tanzanians we do not know what we are doing. Our leaders are just “MABISHOO”, they like appearing at the FOREFRONT OUTSIDE OUR BORDERS, so that they are respected like the likes of OBAMA, yet THEIR CITIZENS (Tanzanians), we are living in poverty that we cannot handle. Tanzanians in this perspective of yours, cheering the FOLLY of going into the Congo war, it is clear that we will not save this country from a TYRANNICAL SYSTEM, Take What is Yours Early, which is sucking us dry, impoverishing us and destroying us in UNIMAGINABLE POVERTY EXCEPT FOR THOSE WHO ARE RICH IN RESOURCES.

  • A.mzee
    December 29, 2012 @ 10:31:50PM

    I think that all conflicts in our African countries are as a result of the influence of the West and of America for their own benefit, so many nations have got into disputes and countries are unable to think about development so we are left to solve problems while European countries continue to develop. At the moment, they are stealing most of our resources as a result of the conflicts that they have caused among us for their benefit let us sit down and ask ourselves what is causing us to quarrel if we don't watch out we will all perish.

  • AYOUB JOSEPH LAIZER
    December 29, 2012 @ 03:16:37AM

    this is a really fresh article continue to inform us

  • Richard Bahati
    December 29, 2012 @ 02:30:19AM

    Museveni and Kagame will continue to stay in power if there continues to be conflict in the Great Lakes region. So to them it is political capital and the theft of the resources of Congo

  • Kudula Ramadhan
    December 29, 2012 @ 01:22:46AM

    Tanzania is the only nation that can put a stop to conflict in Africa.That is the work of the army let them fulfill their duties. The main thing that they need to think about is, What challenges can we be faced with after getting involved in that dispute..? And how will we deal with them..?? Go after being well prepared so that you can defeat the rebels effectively and safeguard the honor of our army.

  • janken mwambebhule
    December 28, 2012 @ 04:24:05PM

    it is good for Tanzania and other countries to get involved in order to save innocent citizens from being tortured and killed by rebel groups. this is a good thing, if we were able to do that in the Comoros why would we be defeated in the DRC? this will also help to reduce the emergence of other groups such as these in the Great Lakes region because there is unity. it will reduce the wave of refugees which also has an impact on security and on the environment.

  • sweetbert
    December 28, 2012 @ 07:50:00AM

    So really our President Kikwete you have decided to give our children so they go to die in a conflict that you know, why don't you talk to your friends Kagame and Museveni to stop the war there, (isn't this hypocrisy)

  • Dula
    December 28, 2012 @ 03:46:39AM

    In my opinion it is good to take our army there!! It has stayed for a long time without getting challenges of war!! let them go and get some experience even if it is little!! but they also need to first put in place serious peace negotiations before using force..

  • JACKSON
    December 28, 2012 @ 02:58:33AM

    IT IS GOOD TO OFFER ASSISTANCE BUT WE MUST ALSO BE VERY CAREFUL

  • Lucas Myovela
    December 27, 2012 @ 04:21:49AM

    All citizens of East AFRICA member countries, we rely a lot on the leaders of our countries. So now if our leaders become weak on matters of seeking peace for their nation what shall we ordinary citizens do?.. Here the main issue is that our leaders should not be tired of discussing this conflict so that we can get peace for the sake of our countries..LUCAS MYOVELA of TANZANIA

  • mahad yassin
    December 26, 2012 @ 04:16:00PM

    most important we are also requesting that our borders be guarded so that they don't come to take revenge on innocent citizens as Al-Shabaab are doing in Kenya

  • SAMSON KABYEMELASA
    December 25, 2012 @ 04:26:47PM

    WE NEED LEADERS WHO LOVE PEACE, EQUALITY AND JUSTICE IN AFRICA.

  • Morris
    December 25, 2012 @ 04:15:29PM

    The step by the Tanzanian government to intervene the problems in DRC is important because it will help reduce the increase of refugees from there. We have already been troubled by these problem for along time now. It is better we prevent problems before it affects us even though we are already late because I heard we received over 60,000 refugees from November to date from DRC. (Media reports).

  • Johannes
    December 25, 2012 @ 05:49:04AM

    These articles are not bad because they will allow people to express their views but I think we need to look at the history of these people; President Joseph Kabila and the M23 rebels that fights his government. As a matter of fact they are the ones who trained them as military. Here was here in Dar es Salam with his father living a normal life. We later heard that they were leading a rebel group in Zaire to oust Mobutu Seseko. Kabila became the president and the country's name was changed to DRC- with the support of the same group. We have watched them holding him on the shoulders in the news, thanking him for the good work and gave him notice to leave. I don't know if he escorted them but he has forgotten he was the one who actually called them. It would not have been easy for him to chase them. I now believe, they can resolve their problem if they talk because they know one another. Let's not be in hurry to take our military to a war we don't actually understand. Let's ask ourselves how we were compensated by those countries in Southern Africa for the help we gave them to gain independence? Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, Angola etc. Peace.

  • Edson Kato
    December 25, 2012 @ 04:48:48AM

    People just watch the problems in DRC without giving much thought to the root causes of the problems going on there in DRC. In short, the ruling president of DRC who is called Joseph Kabila is not a citizen of that country, he is a Tutsi and his true name is "Hypolite Adrien Christopher Kanambe" who was the stepson of president Laurent Kabila. The government of Rwanda under its president Paul Kagame is involved in DRC's conflict by supporting instability for the country not to get peace so that himself and his government can continue to deceive the world. The beloved friend of Paul Kagame, Yoweri Museveni is also involved in the instability of DRC by taking Kinyemera fighters and arming M23 group. Yoweri Museveni and his friend Paul Kagame are involved in the problems in DRC and there is clear evidence to that. There will be a day when the world will know the truth and the intention of Kagame in DRC will be known. The question is, will Tanzania take military to DRC while knowing these issue in depth? In whose support will they take the military to DRC? will it be for Congo? If it is in support of DRC, what is the East African community planning to do to Kagame and Museveni to stop or shun them from their involvement in DRC? As a nation, the problems in DRC has serious effects such as increase in the number of refugees, insecurity, poverty and economic instability in the great lakes region. REFLECT ON THESE

  • Tom
    December 25, 2012 @ 03:16:15AM

    AS THE CHAIR OF SECURITY COMMITTEE OF SADC, TANZANIA'S LEADERSHIP IN EXECUTION OF WORK SHOULD BE SEEN AS POSITIVE IN THIS UNION. WITHOUT PEACE IN CONGO THERE WILL BE NO ECONOMIC AND SOCIAL DEVELOPMENT IN THE GREAT LAKES REGION.

  • Paul
    December 25, 2012 @ 01:02:29AM

    Tanzania should get on with it. We Africans must now take care of our destiny and get rid of unnecessary suffering such as that in Somalia, S Sudan, and now DRC. Ndugu watanzania keep it up...!!!!

  • PERFECT
    December 24, 2012 @ 11:39:38AM

    I THANK YOU FOR THE NEWS YOU GIVE US. CONGRATS SABAHI.

  • Mtoto wa mama
    December 24, 2012 @ 11:10:02AM

    I don't see if taking military to Congo is the right decision because they will will carry out their revenge in the country after they are defeated. Take what is happening in our neighboring country of Kenya as an example when it went in Somalia.

  • maswi mwita
    December 24, 2012 @ 07:59:08AM

    Take pastors and not military. FIGHTING IN THE CURRENT WORLD IS not for getting meat and blood. Meaning it is not human beings who agree to fight but they fight for the sake of kings. (Meaning, human beings cannot fight the Satan in the absence of God). Construct churches in all corners of Africa. (Let every household pray, in the sub-location, location, division, district, province and in the country). If Africa becomes a religious continent then fighting will come to an end. There are example of countries in which religious fight exist but fighting will decline.

  • raymond mchome
    December 24, 2012 @ 03:52:07AM

    I don't see taking military to Congo as right. Why are the Congolese not ready to resolve their problem, when God has given them a good country? Let them sit and solve their problems. Let's stop being hypocritical. Let's tell the truth and God will love us. God bless Congo, its people and its true friends and not the hypocrites. Raymond Mchome

  • Escor Nasson
    December 24, 2012 @ 01:22:49AM

    YOU, CONGOLESE SHOULD STOP THE FIGHT WHICH HAS NO BENEFIT TO YOU AND TO YOUR PEOPLE. FIGHTING CAUSES ABJECT POVERTY TO YOUR PEOPLE INSTEAD OF DEVELOPMENT. COMPETE THROUGH DEMOCRATIC PROCESS AS THIS WILL HELP SOLVE THE PROBLEM OF CONGO. I ADVICE YOU AGAINST FIGHTING AND URGE YOU TO EMBARK ON BUILDING YOUR NATION BY PUTTING EMPHASIS ON POLICY ISSUES RATHER THAN SHOWING YOUR MIGHT TO ONE ANOTHER.

  • VICTORIS SWAI
    December 23, 2012 @ 04:03:02PM

    Go protect peace and not something else.

  • Ally Yapanda Ibaraja
    December 23, 2012 @ 09:28:15AM

    As a member nation of SADC Tanzania needs to implement all the resolutions that were passed to ensure Peace for the citizens of the DRC, we have the right to do that, as we did in other missions in Lebanon, Darfur, South Sudan, the Comoros Islands and Liberia and even earlier in Mozambique and the RSA, the peace of the African Continent will be safeguarded by Africans. Together we can. God bless Africa God bless Tanzania.

  • Charles Onesmo
    December 23, 2012 @ 02:44:26AM

    a country's internal security depends a lot on the stability of her neighbors, the result of war in the great lakes is the proliferation of weapons from which we have witnessed a daily increase in crime in Tanzania, incidents which were rare in the past, I think that it is important for Tanzania to get involved in ensuring security in the DRC and all the neighbors so that we also have peace.

  • mbukwa
    December 22, 2012 @ 01:48:29PM

    This is truly a good plan as we respect Swahili as the main language of Tanzanians, but let it not be the strength of a soft drink so that you melt into the woods

  • JOe
    December 22, 2012 @ 04:19:36AM

    Tanzania is just a funny neighbor! KE& UG walk to Somalia as she turns a blind eye, now TZ wants to deploy in DRC under SADC, while sme Southern Africa member states are involved in plundering DRC,likes of Zim & Angola.Unfair biz terms/tarrifs with KE.Threat to fight tiny Malawi was funny.Got me thinking TZ is big gun with a serious inferiority complex issue in the region.

  • Gaudence Albert
    December 22, 2012 @ 02:47:41AM

    There is no point of taking ours soldires in DRC , we still have big problems we have not solved yet, DRC is quite a big country , to defeat those guys will take ages, as you may be having memories of 1970s war in Zaire by then,plus our wounds of the Uganda War

  • soligi
    December 22, 2012 @ 01:07:24AM

    The government of Tanzania should be careful about all the military actions that it takes in fighting that does not involve us. What if the M23 turn out to be terrorists in future? I think we will be a target the same way Kenya has become with Al-Shabaab. I personally don't support sending the JW to the DRC. The DRC is full of riches perhaps even more so than all African countries, why don't they recruit patriotic youth into the army and give them modern weapons to safeguard their country and their resources? What is borrowed doesn't cover the backside.

  • AARON KASASA
    December 21, 2012 @ 11:23:31PM

    Age 24 years. I support Tanzania's efforts to get involved in the issue of the DRC. Also the UN should give permission early to member states in the Great Lakes to get involved in this conflict and keep the peace because our brothers in the DRC are suffering let us be compassionate and completely stop being selfish.

  • beatrice
    December 20, 2012 @ 01:40:02AM

    You put in a lot of effort. Ensure you write factual information but your articles are very good you put in a lot of effort and I am impressed by them

  • Reginald Tsafu
    December 19, 2012 @ 07:03:07AM

    IT IS OUR RESPONSIBILITY TO SAFEGUARD OUR PEACE AND THAT OF OUR NEIGHBORS WHEN THEY ARE OVERWHELMED. WE ARE THE AMERICA OF AFRICA. THE EFFECTS OF LEAVING A NEIGHBOR TO PERISH ARE GREATER THAN THOSE OF KEEPING HIM FROM PERISHING. THE DAY WHEN CONGO HAS A WEAK GOVERNMENT LIKE SOMALIA THE EFFECTS WILL BE EVEN GREATER. SO PREVENTION IS BETTER THAN CURE.

  • omuyesi
    December 19, 2012 @ 04:37:04AM

    Taking our forces to the DRC should not lead to the tightening of the belt in our budget to the extent that it harms us and causes us to be even poorer

  • Sylvester d. dickson
    December 18, 2012 @ 03:33:05PM

    In my opinion the people who start the fighting do so deliberately while expecting that the United Nations will get involved to help them, so the cure is to let them keep fighting

  • BARAKA MORI
    December 18, 2012 @ 09:03:32AM

    Before getting involved we should learn from other examples especially those that are still alive. LET US GO KENYA AND ASK THEM FOR ANSWERS IN SOMALIA. LET US WEIGH THE PROS AND CONS. THAT IS YOUR PROBLEM

  • Samwel Kasanga
    December 18, 2012 @ 05:55:40AM

    The security situation may become bad because some of the refugees may come into our country with weapons. So it is better to deal with them there. But these are people who want power and riches, so their government should listen to them.

  • McElly de Cleo
    December 18, 2012 @ 05:35:31AM

    Tanzania must be attentive to this matter because it is said that some of our neighbors support M23. So a great deal of danger can be transferred to us because of the fact that our army will be fighting two countries in addition to M23 rebels, because of that there is a great possibility of our citizens being scared about war and horrifying murders which will weaken our economy and make poverty widespread. That is all and I oppose this plan of sending in troops!

  • millonge
    December 18, 2012 @ 03:50:04AM

    In my opinion it is appropriate for our country to get involved in the DRC conflict if it is supported by SADC member countries. The cause of he DRC conflict is the defeat of opposition leaders in the political arena and the fair election that put President Joseph Kabila in power. If this is not done and M23 oppresses the legitimate government of the DRC, propaganda cockerels will influence good citizens into imitating the DRC rebels, Don't you see how the public in Tanzania has started killing policemen, stoning and telling off leaders the next stage will be the establishment of rebellion in and out of defense and security apparatus. These results are bad and dangerous for a country that is peaceful and stable such as Tanzania. Extremist political leaders should also be closely monitored so that it does not force neighboring countries to also discuss sending us troops to take out their military forces.

  • tonny
    December 18, 2012 @ 03:06:19AM

    Tanzania is known the world over for the Liberation of the African Continent, especially Southern Africa. Special thanks should go to our bold leader, Mwalimu Julius Nyerere, who is no longer with us (1922-1999). The DRC is the only country in Southern Africa, which has not tasted Political Peace and Tranquility. There is no reason for us to be defeated in the DRC! This is the time to liberate the DRC, so that they can also get peace and drive their affairs themselves without being interfered with by foreign nations!

  • MOSES EMANUEL
    December 18, 2012 @ 02:08:04AM

    THERE IS NO NEED OF TAKING SOLDIERS TO CONGO

  • Safari
    December 17, 2012 @ 10:41:47AM

    I don't understand why SADC decided to take peace-keeping troops where other armies like them, even those of the United nations already are for the same purpose. I don't understand how the SADC troops will succeed where those of the United Nations have failed. If they have been deemed weak, those of the United Nations should be reinforced instead of being ignored by SADC where it was decided that others should be taken in from SADC. And I believe that the UN forces are doing well when they avoid using force carelessly in a civil conflict whose solution should be sought through negotiations among the involved parties assisted by mediators from the neighbors and the international community.

  • Hassan Mapunda
    December 17, 2012 @ 10:34:33AM

    Big up to the Tanzanian government for taking troops into the DRC. It is a noble thing to do. Other countries should learn because civilians are being killed, raped, young children have no basic human rights. All this is as a result of war. TPDF join other armies and stop the insurgents immediately.

  • furaha chuma
    December 17, 2012 @ 05:07:25AM

    I don't see any reason for Tanzania to get involved in the conflict in the DRC because that is promoting policies of theft and oppression especially in the election of presidents here in Africa. Here Tanzania is making an investment for herself in the DRC so that if they are also affected troops from the DRC will come to help them when they are overwhelmed. To be honest a lot of governments here in Africa are oppressive to their citizens especially those with low income.

  • Peter Kapagi
    December 17, 2012 @ 02:10:42AM

    Great... this is the work of Tanzania, ensuring that her peace has an effect on neighboring countries. Not getting involved in that conflict will cost us in continuing to receive refugees. And this is part of testing our army to see whether it has the strength of a soft drink or whether it is able in any fighting that could occur. Well done Tanzania

  • CHAMI
    December 17, 2012 @ 12:36:28AM

    IT IS GOOD TO HELP CHILDREN AND THE ELDERLY WHO ARE SUFFERING,,, AND IT SHOULD BE UNDERSTOOD THAT IF M23 TAKE OVER, SADC MEMBERS WE WILL BE INVOLVED IN THE RECOVERY OF THE DRC,, REFUGEES ETC. TODAY IT IS MY PLACE TOMORROW IT IS YOURS. THAT IS THE MEANING OF BEING A MEMBER OF THE COMMUNITY...TAKE BOYS THERE

  • salum mohamed
    December 17, 2012 @ 12:00:08AM

    important information must be sent especially information from villages so that people can read it

  • Leonard Kalafya
    December 16, 2012 @ 11:50:53PM

    It's very good for our troops to go to Congo. First they are going to help people who are suffering. It should also be remembered that Tanzanian troops are going to help their comrades who got their training here in Tanzania

  • alberto kaliwabu
    December 16, 2012 @ 10:39:24PM

    it's good and informative to the society let's use it more in order to bring beneficial changes

  • godfrey
    December 15, 2012 @ 09:36:59PM

    Tanzania is making an effort to provide troops for the defense and security of other countries, so she is fostering international relations with other countries

  • fidelis frednand
    December 15, 2012 @ 05:28:44PM

    it's pleasant to see and we also like to see our colleagues living in peace and if we help to remove them from need it is even better

  • Iddi Nasibu
    December 15, 2012 @ 05:05:54PM

    The foreign military deployment lets be a last resort, SADCC and member states should allow the Congolese to manage and take ownership of their internal conflicts. The Kinshasa troops should go first, as matter of fact the foreign troops deployment never meet the locals expectations, MONUC are in Congo and failed to stop the rebels. I would rather advice the Tanzania Govt to encourage President Kabila to meet M23 rebel and resolve. They can learn from Rwanda and Burundi.

  • Ramadhani
    December 15, 2012 @ 02:43:32PM

    As SADC the leaders should sit and talk and come to an agreement, how is it that our colleagues in the USA agree in their decisions, let us emulate our colleagues.

  • mussa ahmed mbughuni
    December 15, 2012 @ 01:33:42AM

    good news and it has been researched in depth. The information is easy to understand even if it is the first time you are reading it. And there is no doubt at all, it also explains the complete cause clearly....

  • togolani
    December 14, 2012 @ 12:14:23PM

    there is no need to take troops into the DRC those Indians who are there are enough, but just inspect the UN vehicles leaving the DRC passing through the DSM harbor are they safe??? they do not have the Congo minerals, if a vehicle is old what is the need of taking it out of the country at a high cost?

  • Charles Mlinga
    December 14, 2012 @ 04:48:22AM

    In my opinion it is good for our nation to send the army to keep the peace in the DRC, 1.Our army gets war experience and becomes stronger instead of staying for a long time without getting real practice. 2.We are putting a stop to rebellion by rebels who want to remove legitimate governments from power in the African continent 3.We are putting a stop to the shedding of innocent blood.

  • emanuel kimbesa
    December 14, 2012 @ 04:26:42AM

    It is important that such a stand is implemented because the logic here is putting peace-related matters first in order for other things to progress. But also peace in our neighboring countries such as the DRC is peace for us too, so in my opinion I insist that our army should be sent to keep the peace which is as important as breathing in order to keep living; Our army will benefit and get sustainable experience and money too.

  • Ritchie Sauat
    December 14, 2012 @ 03:11:00AM

    This is not a Tanzanian decision but a decision by SADCC, and Tanzania is under obligation to deploy. As a member country you can not debate SADCC deployments if you are a member, otherwise why have SADCC?

  • MABENA SOSOLI
    December 14, 2012 @ 02:16:17AM

    Honestly taking our soldiers to the DRC is okay, but aren't there any soldiers in the DRC? Doesn't that Kabila see that his leadership is not effective? He should learn to be President from his colleagues around him and when he is told he should go home and settle that disorder. We do not want refugees { may God bless the Peace of TANZANIA and her people}

  • Juma Abubakari
    December 14, 2012 @ 01:44:13AM

    It is good to do that in order to bring peace to Congo but the army should go there with the agreement of the ruling government so as to avoid causing problems.

  • kashumba Kente
    December 13, 2012 @ 11:02:41PM

    So we too in Tanzania want to join the gold and diamond thieves in Congo??

  • Comred Kipepe
    December 13, 2012 @ 02:48:04AM

    Taking troops there is wastage of power and resources. I advise our troops once they get to the DRC to go to resource-rich areas with the aim of preventing those criminals from conducting that business and getting the money that deludes them.

  • Emmanuel Igohe
    December 12, 2012 @ 03:21:49PM

    Tanzania going into war this time where by there is advancement in war called war in terror. Tanzania we do not have to undermine the context of war in DRC, the issue is not the M23 rebel group who si there behind the DRC Congo war??? !!! United Nation could not defend Tanzania solders in Liberia we lots lots of solders and the United nations hav not even come clear on this. Remember Tanzanian solder if there going in DRC congo comprehand no chapter 7 it is useless and that where we should expect lots loss of life of our solders. The Big Nations like USA is very mute in this war do you think they do not know about?? secondlyRwanda and Uganda is dearling to America what do u expect on this ... Tanzanian solders needed here to support on eradicating poverty like ingaging them in kilimo kwanza but not to join attacking neibours.

  • Rugumamu
    December 12, 2012 @ 10:50:30AM

    Regarding taking troops to the DRC this is not war but the facilitation of peace-keeping by the United Nations or the African Union so I do not see any problem

  • Khalfan Saleh
    December 12, 2012 @ 09:11:05AM

    This is a good column that seems to have been well researched and which has in-depth information which explains itself even if you are reading these news for the first time.

  • Neema kazi
    December 12, 2012 @ 07:09:05AM

    I thank Tanzania for deciding to help our brothers. Let her continue in that spirit and God will bless her.

  • maleto
    December 12, 2012 @ 04:24:32AM

    in the new constitution : the SUMMARY COURT should be abolished so that the plaintiff has the right to defend himself

  • larry shoo
    December 12, 2012 @ 03:17:03AM

    In my opinion it is a good and wise thing to help our colleagues, but what do these m23 want especially for their country.

  • Iman Mkumbwa
    December 11, 2012 @ 01:40:05PM

    I would not like our troops to go to Congo, because war has no eyes, they should just guard our borders; maybe if there are economic gains and not just political ones.

  • jacob lema
    December 11, 2012 @ 11:06:49AM

    I support Tanzania for accepting to help the DRC but my concern is whether our army will be treated justly. This is because our soldiers who go to such war zones do not get get fair treatment as do the soldiers of other countries who do the same job. So my opinion is that our soldiers should also be compensated in the same way as other armies so as to motivate them instead of having them go reluctantly by force it should be understood that there is no secret when they meet and ask one another about payment after work so they discover that they are not paid the same and they have nowhere to complain. So it hurts a lot that they do heroic work but are poorly paid. I request the government to look at this matter keenly because I believe it will bring a lot of efficiency and not blame.

  • boneventura
    December 11, 2012 @ 09:03:09AM

    It is not bad for the government to send the army into Congo but it should look at this decision afresh because there are citizens who need assistance from the government and who are Tanzanians, instead of using a lot of money to send the army there, there are people who have no food, sugar is a problem and many other issues.

  • MWL STEVEN CLEOPHACE
    December 11, 2012 @ 03:41:37AM

    It is not bad for my country to send troops to help our neighbor! But what do we think about our citizens who are plagued by various problems including lack of medicine, teaching and learning resources, lack of agricultural inputs! etc. Or are we looking for praise from the neighbor? I ask that wisdom be employed!

  • ayaan
    December 11, 2012 @ 03:31:20AM

    You rubbish calling yourself as Khadar should stop talking about Silanyo because no one talked about him.

  • Manase Elias
    December 11, 2012 @ 02:26:35AM

    Tanzania should see the importance of peace the same way she did when we sent out troops to the Comoros, M23 which has 300 troops and a few mercenaries from Rwanda and Uganda cannot scare us.

  • kamuzora Deogratias
    December 10, 2012 @ 04:04:37AM

    It is totally fine to take troops into Congo for the sake of safeguarding the peace of our fellow human beings the soldiers are also being trained in the ability to be ready and earning for the sake of their personal development.

  • ndyabulu kayugwa
    December 7, 2012 @ 12:33:57PM

    I'M HAPPY TO LEARN THE MEANING OF M23 I WOULD ALSO LIKE TO KNOW WHAT THEIR CLAIMS ARE SPECIFICALLY? WHERE ARE THEY GETTING THE POWER TO FIGHT (weapons, money)?

  • mudane c/khadar
    December 7, 2012 @ 09:28:20AM

    I am saying that the countries of Somalia and Somaliland should be joined and this old man Silaanyo should be chased away as he has become an obstacle. Disgustful Disgustful Disgustful Siilaanyo

  • Elisante P.Mmanyi
    December 7, 2012 @ 08:04:58AM

    Basically when any War breaks out between neighbors, Security on both sides is greatly affected and in that War. Tanzania has been at the forefront in fighting for freedom and liberation in the African continent. We are required to use all diplomatic means to ensure that this dispute is resolved peacefully without interfering with another country's freedom. So I support Tanzania's involvement in seeking a solution otherwise staying silent when our neighbor's house is burning down is going to cost us.

  • p. o box3030
    December 6, 2012 @ 04:34:57AM

    I personally support the idea of sending our troops. Because they are our neighbors and our brothers who have been created by God. God said the greatest law of all is to love God and one's neighbor. We see that our neighbor has been invaded by the enemy. We must go and help him. Today it is his place tomorrow it is yours. But we must be careful

  • mary simba
    December 6, 2012 @ 02:08:47AM

    Tanzania has taken a wise decision to send her troops she should not change her decision.....

  • Henry
    December 5, 2012 @ 09:27:22AM

    Yes Tanzania should intervene. M23 is a tribal group...a tutsi led. congo is big and with diverse groups if every group is allowed to form a militia and make unrealistic demands to the central governments then there will be no congo anymore m23 need to be militarily defeated by a strong regional army. Only after it is defeated and degraded should the Kinshasa government address any legitimate grivances alongside those of other congolese

  • hassan mohamud
    December 5, 2012 @ 04:23:55AM

    hope they are not ready

  • geofrey bambaga
    December 5, 2012 @ 02:38:15AM

    In my opinion it is very important for the nation of Tanzania to be at the forefront of defending children, women and men who are humiliated and oppressed in their country because in this matter there are rumors that big nations are involved so Africa should not be silent this is coming and quite fast. It is not just Congo but also other countries so we have to prevent this transgression from becoming commonplace and spreading like a forest fire to other countries because they all get motivated when they see silence. They know that they will win but if every African nation opposes this in word and deed especially SADC, then it will deny these power hungry people the opportunity to oppress citizens by the consumption of their stomachs and those of their masters

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