Cablegate: Situation Report for Drc - October 31, 2008,
O 311123Z OCT 08
FM AMEMBASSY KINSHASA
TO SECSTATE WASHDC IMMEDIATE 8704
INFO RWANDA COLLECTIVE
SOUTHERN AF DEVELOPMENT COMMUNITY COLLECTIVE
HQ USEUCOM VAIHINGEN GE
JAC MOLESWORTH RAF MOLESWORTH UK
UNCLAS KINSHASA 000954
E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: PGOV PREL MOPS PHUM PREF KPKO CG
SUBJECT: SITUATION REPORT FOR DRC - OCTOBER 31, 2008,
AS OF 12:30 PM CENTRAL AFRICAN TIME (GMT +1)
1. (U) All times Kinshasa (GMT + 1) unless otherwise
Security Situation in Goma
2. (SBU) USG personnel recently evacuated to Gisenyi have not
received permission to return to Goma at the present time.
3. (SBU) USG staff member based in Gisenyi reported that, according
to MONUC contacts, Goma was calm all night. People are moving about
and going to work. Shops have opened, although banks remain closed.
Police forces are broadly deployed, with a checkpoint set up near
the airport. The border is functioning normally. The base manager
for the Airserv airline reported the airport is fully operational,
except for refueling capabilities. Airserv reports that it has an
aircraft in Bukavu that could fly into Goma if needed.
4. (SBU) NGO staff staying in Gisenyi will reportedly attend a
coordinating meeting in Goma this morning. The ceasefire is holding
with the CNDP keeping to positions at Kibumba and Kibati. They do
not control Rutshuru or Rugari. The Head of the MONUC office in
Goma declared that "there was not currently a direct threat from the
CNDP to enter Goma."
5. (SBU) The sitrep from the EU representative in Goma noted that
the anti-aircraft gunfire which came from the Rwandan side of the
border October 29 was aimed at a MONUC helicopter, but missed.
Separately, a USG staff member in Gisenyi noted that the October 29
looting in Goma by FARDC soldiers resulted in 3 rapes and 20 deaths
(MONUC headquarters in Kinshasa estimated at least 23 deaths).
FARDC General Mayala, commander of the 8th military region and MONUC
contacts indicate that nine of the dead were FARDC looters shot by
the FARDC to restore order.
6. (SBU) MONUC Kinshasa noted that MONUC increased its patrols
overnight to prevent further FARDC looting. General Mayala told
MONUC that the October 29 rampage was due to a lack of command and
control. The MONUC Human Rights section conducted a mission in Goma
to verify allegations of killings and looting. They found five
bodies within two houses. All interviewed victims confirmed that
the killings were perpetuated by FARDC elements. MONUC has not yet
been able to verify any killing of Tutsi families in Goma as
reported by some UN Agencies and NGO's.
7. (SBU) John Numbi, Head of the Congolese National Police (PNC)
arrived in Goma early October 31, the first senior GDRC official to
visit the North Kivu capital since Goma was threatened. Numbi
announced that the PNC would increase its presence throughout the
city to "guarantee security for the population." According to the
PNC, PNC officers shot dead two FARDC soldiers and wounded three
others who were looting.
Security Situation Outside of Goma
8. (SBU) MONUC Kinshasa said that 35 staff members from NGO's and
UN agencies were evacuated from Rutshuru on October 30. 18 of them
have been airlifted to Beni, while another 17 were brought to Goma.
MONUC is in the process of planning the evacuation of the remaining
A/S Frazer Travel
9. (SBU) A/S Frazer and party traveled with SRSG Doss to Goma this
morning, along with the Charge and other ambassadors from P3+2
countries. A/S Frazer and party will travel on to Kigali this
afternoon, while the Charge will return to Kinshasa.
10. (U) Embassy will continue to closely monitor the situation in
Goma, but, barring unforeseen circumstances, the next situation
report will not be issued before Monday, November 3.