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Wednesday, 29 May, 2002, 18:32 GMT 19:32 UK
DR Congo rebels accuse UN envoy
Rebel soldiers
DR Congo has been engulfed in civil war for four years
Rwanda-backed rebels in the Democratic Republic of Congo have accused the UN special envoy Amos Ngongi of bias and spreading propaganda, and have demanded his withdrawal.


We officially demand the departure and definitive dismissal of Mr Ngong

Adolphe Onusumba

The UN observer mission in Congo (MONUC) last week accused rebels of the Congolese Rally for Democracy (RCD) of serious human rights violations and summary executions following a mutiny within its ranks in Kisangani, DR Congo's third largest city.

DR Congo has been engulfed in a civil war for almost four years and Mr Kabila is being kept in power by troops from Zimbabwe and Angola while Uganda and Rwanda back two rival rebel groups.

"We officially demand the departure and definitive dismissal of Mr. Ngongi," RCD leader Adolphe Onusumba said after holding talks with Mr Ngongi.

The RCD accuses the UN envoy of being of pro-Kinshasa and of distorting Kisangani events.

"We want him to go because we are dissatisfied with his bias," Mr Onsumba said.

It also accuses Mr Ngongi of submitting a confidential report to his superiors, which it claims described the RCD as a party on the verge of falling apart.

The Kisangani killings took place after a mutiny involving a number of armed men who took over a radio station and begun broadcasts inciting local people to kill Rwandans.

Five people thought to be Rwandans were killed.

In its report, the UN report says the RCD reacted in an unjustified and unacceptable way.

It says in one district 18 people were executed in reprisal killings by the RCD rebels.

The killings took place a few weeks after the government of President Joseph Kabila signed a peace deal with some rebel groups but not the RCD.

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Amos Ngongi speaking to BBC Focus On Africa
"MONUC is not an intervention force"
Jesuit Priest, Father Guy Verheagen in Kisangani
"A pick-up drove through the parish and machine-gunned people"
Mark Dummett reporting for BBC Focus On Africa
"People were called out to kill"

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