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Wednesday, June 29, 2022

The East African bloc is discussing the deployment of troops in the Congo

Uncertainty in the region is raising tensions between Congo and Rwanda. Congo accuses its neighbor of supporting the M23 rebel group, which Rwanda has denied.

Tensions have recently risen when a Congolese soldier was killed in Rwanda after firing on security forces at a border crossing.

Joel Baraka is a researcher in conflict and resolution at the Pole Institute, the Congolese think tank. He says the Congolese government sees the EAC as the best way to ease regional tensions.

Председник Феликс Чикеди, каже он, полаже политичко поверење и значај у Источноафричку заједницу како би се донела решење за кризу и мир у источном ДРЦ-у. He adds that Congo also sees Kenya as a mediator between the three countries, including Rwanda and Uganda.

At a meeting in Nairobi, the leaders will discuss sending troops from East Africa to help combat the violence.

Last week, Kenyan President Uhuru Keniatta called for the deployment of regional forces from EAC members, which include Burundi, Kenya, Rwanda, South Sudan, Tanzania and Uganda, and Congo, which joined in March.

Researcher and political analyst Ntanjoma Rukumbuzi says the Congolese army cannot be left alone to resolve the country’s armed conflict.

“In case this should be a well-coordinated force under the supervision of the UN, but also the AU, at some point we must end the crisis in the eastern DRC. “We will not expect the Congolese national army to tackle the crisis because it is mostly part of the crisis,” he said.

The regional bloc is considering a plan to deploy troops to three Congolese provinces – North Kivu, South Kivu and Ituri.

Baraka says Congolese will not accept troops on their territory.

“I don’t think people will accept the troops because there is some opposition to these forces in parliament, civil society groups oppose it and will not accept any forces that include Rwanda and Uganda troops,” he said.

Amani Tom, a social justice activist, agrees. He says regional leaders have denied peace to his country.

“We have security forces from the United Nations peacekeeping mission and many times forces from Rwanda and Uganda come here to find peace, but there was no peace. I think we will achieve peace in the eastern DRC and the whole country, hypocrisy from Great Britain. “The leaders of the lake must stop and the economic war must stop so that we can build a lasting peace,” he said.

Humanitarian agencies say more than 25,000 people have fled their homes, and 5,000 displaced persons and returnees have fled to Uganda in the past five days.

The security situation has made it difficult for humanitarian agencies to assess the humanitarian needs of those affected by the conflict.

This article is republished from – Voa News – Read the – original article.

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