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Harmonized Efforts Will Defeat Armed Rebels in DRC- Museveni

President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni virtually joined East African Community heads of States for the EAC led Nairobi process for the restoration of peace and security in Eastern Democratic Republic of Congo. This was on Monday 28th November 2022.

President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni has stressed that If any Congolese group doesn’t respect the formula reached after the dialogues, the combined resources of East Africa will be brought down on them and no force can defy the efforts of the East African Community when combined.

Museveni made these remarks while addressing leaders of the East African Community (EAC) virtually during the EAC-Led Nairobi Process, on the restoration of peace and security in the Eastern Democratic Republic of Congo that took place in Nairobi, Kenya on Monday.

In this meeting that he attended virtually, Museveni informed fellow leaders that many illegal guns still in the hands of foreign and local armed groups are also an impediment to lasting peace in the eastern part of DRC and the entire region.

“The main problems are the illegal guns in Congo. These illegal guns have been there almost continuously since Congo’s independence,” Museveni articulated, adding that the guns currently being held by foreign armed groups like the Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) from Uganda, the Entarahamwe of Rwanda and other groups from Burundi plus the internal Congolese groups such as the Kodeko, M23, Maimai, and others have all these years been killing Congolese and disturbing neighbors.

Museveni also pointed out that the internal groups of Congo that came from the weakening of the state authority of that area (Eastern DRC) for a prolonged period, can be handled by combining political methods like dialogue and if necessary, the military if there is any group that is adamant and doesn’t want peace.

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“The political means start with the dialogue which should be preceded by a ceasefire, where there’s active fighting and disengagement of forces. The peaceful solution should be the outcome of the dialogue,” he added.

The President later commended the efforts made by Operation Shujaa in the Eastern DRC which has been going on for almost a year now and conducted by the combined forces of Congo and Uganda

H.E Evariste Ndahishimiye the President of the Republic of Burundi and also the current Chairperson of the East African Community, called upon leaders to step up efforts to bring peace in the region.

“We are cognizant of the high expectations the region & international community has in this process. I am appealing to all Partners to commit to supporting initiatives aimed at promoting peace and consolidating stability in the region,” he said.

This third Inter-Congolese dialogue of the Nairobi Peace Process is aimed at accelerating the ongoing regional efforts to attain sustainable peace and security in Eastern DRC.

His remarks were also re-echoed by the lead facilitator of the EAC – Led Nairobi Process H.E Uhuru Kenyatta, the former President of Kenya who said that no effort should be spared in restoring peace and security in Eastern DRC. Kwa wana-DRC, Amani itatoka kwenyenyinyiwenyewe! Tuungane! He emphasized Swahili.

The President of Kenya H.E William Ruto in his remarks said the pursuit of peace is an inevitable precondition for the prosperity of East Africa and re-affirmed Kenya’s commitment to supporting the restoration of peace in Eastern DRC.

The President of the affected nation of DRC, H.E Félix Antoine Tshisekedi Tshilombo who also addressed the dialogue virtually, said his country is committed to supporting the efforts of the EAC member states to end insecurity.

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“The time to change the narrative of DRC having protracted insecurity is now! We are committed to the EAC- Led Nairobi Process and long for peace, so we can rebuild the great Democratic Republic of Congo,” Tshisekedi highlighted.

In his remarks, the President of Rwanda H.E Paul Kagame welcomed the swift response in seeking to restore peace in Eastern DRC, saying Rwanda is committed to the process of addressing the root cause of insecurity in Eastern DRC once and for all.

Also joining virtually were representatives from the Government of the United Republic of Tanzania & Republic of South Sudan. Further in attendance were observers from the African Union, and United Nations, and invited members of the Diplomatic Corps the Special Envoy of the UN Secretary-General to the Great Lakes region, H.E Huang Xia was also physically in attendance.

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According to the East African Community secretariat, the Inter-Congolese dialogue has been re-energized and incorporates consultations amongst armed groups in Eastern DRC, local community leaders, civil society, and other relevant stakeholders, with the aim of finding sustainable solutions to the protracted security situation.

The Inter-Congolese dialogue will run up to 3rd December and involve consultations amongst armed groups in Eastern DRC, local community leaders, civil society, and other relevant stakeholders, with the aim of finding sustainable solutions to the security situation.

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