The defeated Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) rebel group, M23 has distanced itself from events that took place Monday in the country’s capital Kinshasa, when a group of armed youths attacked state TV, the airport and a military base.
Using their twitter handle @m23congodrc hours after the incident, the group says it was not the problem in the country and named a one Mukungubila as being behind the alleged ‘coup’.
“M23 was not the problem of DRC. Here is the Man behind the Kinshasa coup, his name is Mukungubila” the group tweeted.
Reuters news agency said the statement appeared to be a political message against President Joseph Kabila’s government.
“Gideon Mukungubila has come to free you from the slavery of the Rwandan,” said the message, according to Reuters.
In 1997, Rwandan-backed troops ousted DR Congo’s long-serving ruler Mobutu Sese Seko and installed Laurent Kabila – the father of incumbent leader Joseph Kabila – as president.
According to Reuters news agency, Gideon is the nickname used for religious leader Paul Joseph Mukungubila by his followers. He ran unsuccessfully for president in 2006.
The Democratic Republic of Congo’s army says it has repulsed the attack by an “unknown terrorist group”.
The country’s Information Minister, Lambert Mende said the attackers at the state TV and radio headquarters were armed with weapons such as knives, and there was “no chance of them even to maintain their positions, even for a single hour”.