In a tragic incident that highlights the ongoing violence in the conflict-ridden region, an army colonel in eastern DR Congo has been lynched by residents who mistakenly believed he was an M23 rebel. The Congolese army confirmed the death of Colonel Patrick Rutasura Gasore in the city of Goma, pledging to conduct a thorough investigation into the circumstances surrounding the incident.
Two suspects have been apprehended in connection with the lynching. This unfortunate event occurred amidst renewed clashes between the Tutsi-led M23 and Congolese soldiers, reigniting tensions in the area. The perpetuation of militias in eastern DRC, a lasting consequence of past regional conflicts, continues to pose serious challenges to stability and security.
Allegations of Rwanda’s support for the M23 have been made by several Western countries, while Kigali vehemently denies these accusations. Justice is being sought by the family of Colonel Gasore, who belonged to the Banyamulenge community in South Kivu province.