How M23 and Congolese army commanders benefited from $57m illegal trade in Kivu
Posted Friday, July 4 2014 at 11:57
- With earnings from illegal mineral and charcoal trade estimated at $57 million annually, financing the M23 rebellion was easy.
- The M23 had a battalion monitoring the charcoal and timber business and collected money from the traders.
- Makenga also had a network of mineral dealers using Kampala and Kigali cities to transact their business. There was also another network: Arms smugglers within the Congolese national army.