President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni is optimistic that with the coming together of East Africa, the current instability in the Eastern Democratic
The Republic of the Congo will be dealt with once and for all.
According to Museveni, nobody can defy East Africa if the Kinsasha administration under President Félix Antoine Tshisekedi Tshilombo concentrates on working well with the East African Community.
“Don’t ignore East Africa. Once East Africa gets involved, nobody can defy us.
For us we are here and we can see, there’s no way anybody can deceive us, that there are possible approaches of using force against external armed groups and dialogue first, for internal Congolese groups before applying force and Congo will be helped to re-establish control” the President added.
Museveni made these remarks while speaking to a delegation from the United Nations Security Council led by Ambassador Michel Xavier Biang, the Permanent Representative of Gabon to the UN, at Commonwealth Resort Hotel, Munyonyo in
Kampala on Friday.
Museveni also highlighted that the big crisis in Eastern Congo and in many other African countries is essentially ideological, which started with neo-colonialism where political actors are not in the liberal ideology of Africa.
“The crisis in Congo started with the killing of former Prime Minister of DRC, Patrice Lumumba who was a uniting factor of the whole of Congo, whereas other opponents emphasized and fronted politics of identity (tribe/religion) than interests which undermined their capacity to establish a legitimate system and making it difficult for them to build a strong national army to defend themselves” he
On allegations that some neighboring countries are supplying arms to the M23 rebels, H.E Museveni gave assurance to the UN Security Council that East Africa as a team under the commandership of Kenya cannot fail to investigate and know the truth.
Museveni also agreed with the UN Security Council that rebel groups destabilizing Eastern Congo have at times acquired firearms from the weak Congo army.
“Before we intervened, sometimes the Allied Democratic Forces-(ADF) rebels would attack the Congo army and get weapons,” Museveni noted.
The fountain of honor further revealed that the regional intelligence services are also in the advanced stages of establishing the financial network of rebel groups, especially their source of funding.
In his remarks, the Ambassador and Permanent Representative of Uganda to the United Nations Adonia Ayebare, the visit of the UN Security Council delegation is in the context of implementing their mandate which is to monitor sanctions that were imposed on DRC that looks at the arms embargo and the illegal exploitation of natural resources and also the peace process in the region given the resurgence
of conflicts in the eastern DRC.
Ambassador Ayebare also expressed optimism that the committee had executed its mandate in Uganda and a mid-term report is expected to be published as a document of the Security Council by 30th December 2022.
The coming to Uganda of the United Nations Security Council comes after the team spent 5 days on the same mission in Kinsasha -DRC and Kigali in Rwanda where they spent 3 days.
Ambassador Michel Xavier Biang, Permanent Representative of Gabon to the UN who is also the chair of the UN sanctions committee on DRC told the President that after the visit, a brief will be given to the security council in early December on the activities of the committee over the past year and in particular my report of this visit.
The UPDF Commander Land Forces Lt Gen KayanjaMuhanga who happens to be the immediate former commander of Operation Shujaa in the Eastern DRC also gave an account on the efforts of the joint efforts of the Armed forces in the Democratic Republic of Congo-FARDC and the Uganda Peoples Defense Forces- UPDF to get rid of Allied Democratic Forces-ADF in Congo.
Gen Muhanga told the meeting that most of the main and permanent camps of the ADF have been destroyed, communication and recruitment channels disrupted and many rebels have been put out of action and this has paved the way for economic activities to resume in the region.
The Meeting was also attended by among others, Gen Jeje Odongo the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Hon. Vincent Bamulangaki Ssempijja the Minister of Defense & Veteran Affairs, Major General Jim Muhwezi the Minister for Security, and Uganda’s Ambassador to the DRC.