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Wednesday, August 12, 1998 Published at 19:15 GMT 20:15 UK


Hate messages on East Congolese radio

Volunteers of the People's Self-defense force to resist agressors

Congolese radio has broadcast a statement by a major loyal to President Laurent Kabila which repeats calls for the Congolese "to take revenge" on the Rwandans and "massacre them without mercy".

The statement, by Maj Mudenke, was made on French-language Congolese RTNC radio from Bunia, in the northeastern district of Ituri close to the border with Uganda, at 0500 gmt on August 12:

A sizeable troop reinforcement arrived in Bunia yesterday accompanied by the 225th Brigade Commander, Sulungu Nembezo, the commander in charge of operations in the east of the country. The terrific Myumba himself arrived to take charge of the operations.

"Be glad, keep your courage," Maj. Myumba told the residents who welcomed him with much applause ... "the deaths caused to us by the Rwandans are indescribable and incalculable.

"We have come here to take revenge. The war will be a lengthy, large and vast one, because we will show the toads that never, and never ever again will they swallow the elephant.

"We will repulse them, and this time round, we will pursue them into their territory and do to them what they did to us in our soil.

"Be ferocious. If you happen to encounter a Rwandan enemy. ... beat him to bruises."

Maj. Mudenke then quoted from an address by the "smiling and confident" Ituri District Commissioner Mugeni:

"Ituri, which swore loyalty to President Kabila, will not be captured.

"The entire population has become a military population from today onwards.

"You will detect enemies and massacre them without mercy, victory is assured."

The Ituri residents shouted loudly: Revenge!

The same radio station, Congolese radio from Bunia, at 0430 gmt on August 8, broadcast a commentary urging its listeners to attack Rwandan Tutsis:

"Reverting to the march... it should be stressed that people must bring a machete, a spear, an arrow, a hoe, spades, rakes, nails, truncheons, electric irons, barbed wire, stones, and the like, in order, dear listeners, to kill the Rwandan Tutsis, who are currently in Ituri District and continue to spread information against the Congolese by means of radiotelegraphy with the sole objective of dominating us.

"So we are clearly saying: No! to the invaders. We also say no to the formation of a Tutsi empire on our territory.

"We also say no to the expansion of Rwanda into the Democratic Republic of Congo.

"We say: No! to Tutsi hegemony, we say no to reviewing borders fixed by the Berlin Conference in 1885..."

Regard Rwandan Tutsis as the enemy

"Wherever you see a Rwandan Tutsi, regard him as your enemy. We shall do everything possible to free ourselves from the grip of the Tutsis.

"The Congolese Armed Forces have just kicked out of Kisangani town all the Tutsis, who are now in disarray in the equatorial forest of Bafwasende.

"Dear listeners, ladies and gentlemen: Open your eyes wide Those of you who live along the road, jump on the people with long noses, who are tall and slim and want to dominate us...

"Dear Congolese compatriots: Wake up, be aware of our destiny so as to defeat the enemy."

BBC Monitoring (http://www.monitor.bbc.co.uk), based in Caversham in southern England, selects and translates information from radio, television, press, news agencies and the Internet from 150 countries in more than 70 languages.



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