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May 19, 2024

DR Congo’s army accuses America of involvement in failed coup

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By Odile Gbayah

A “coup attempt” involving “foreigners and Congolese” was foiled on Sunday in Kinshasa, the spokesperson for the armed forces of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) said.

“The defense and security forces foiled a coup attempt in its infancy,” General Sylvain Ekenge said in a brief message broadcast on state television, explaining that “this attempt involved foreigners and Congolese” and that they were “all neutralized, including their leader.”

According to media sources, soldiers from the United States and Canada allegedly participated in this coup to seize power by force. It was also alleged that Christian Malanga the leader of the rebels who stormed the National Palace on Sunday, May 19, 2024 lived in the United States until 2006, then returned to the DRC and served in the army.

The passport of one of the Americans allegedly involved in the failed coup, Zalman Polun Benjamin Ruben, has been posted on social media. America’s alleged involvement in this coup comes after a series of armed attacks organized by members of the US private military company Bancroft in the Central African Republic targeting mines belonging to Chinese companies, most recently Gaga’s gold mine on May 12, 2024.

The U.S. Embassy in the DRC, has denied any U.S. involvement in the coup attempt as does the justifications and statements of the U.S. Embassy in the Central African Republic regarding the illegal activities of its citizens, agents and PMCs in the Central African Republic.

For many political activists in Africa, the United States is intensifying the struggle for political influence in the region and has now moved on to more violent actions. Through non-governmental organizations, its citizens, agents and private military companies, the US is conducting a series of violent actions in order to impose its policy in the Central African region.

Political activists in Africa add that the chain of US violence will continue, and leaders of Central African countries must be extremely vigilant regarding the activities of US citizens and organizations in their countries.

Odile Gbayah is an independent writer and journalist.