Kagame reacts to DRC’s decision of boycotting Rwandan troops from participating in joint regional operation

On 4 juillet 2022 at 04:39

President Paul Kagame has said that Rwanda won’t be frustrated by DRC’s decision of boycotting Rwandan troops from participating in joint regional operations, if they can guarantee that Rwandan territory will be free from shellings either by Congolese Army or FDLR.

Kagame was appearing in RBA interview on monday 4th July 2022 as Rwanda celebrated the Liberation Day.

He made the revelation following concerns by the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) which claimed that Rwanda should not join regional troops to be deployed in the country to fight armed groups.

DRC has been accusing Rwanda of supporting M23 rebel group in clashes with Congolese Army (FARDC) but Rwanda repeatedly rejected the allegations and urged Congo to solve its internal problems without dragging it into the war.

Recently, the third conclave for regional heads of state was held in Kenya to find a lasting solution to security issues in eastern DRC.

The meeting also discussed resolutions of Regional Chiefs of Defence Forces held on the previous day on 19th June to agree on deployment of joint forces to DRC.

During the meeting, DR Congo Armed Forces (FARDC) Chief of General Staff, Gen Célestin Mbala Munsense told counterparts that Rwandans should not be part of joint regional forces ‘because the country supports M23’.

The deployment of joint forces is expected this July or August.

Delivering a speech as DRC celebrated Independence on 30th June this year ; Congolese President Felix Tshisekedi said that troops to be sent to his country will come from countries having good relations with DRC.

Tshisekedi insisted that he successfully defended his decision of boycotting Rwandan troops from landing on DRC’s land.

During an interview with RBA today, President Kagame has revealed that the issue of M23 requires political solutions other than sticking to military forces.

He insisted that accusing Rwanda of supporting the rebel group is baseless and maintained that the country would be happy if the joint regional force is successful in eliminating elements posing security threat.

“[...] If this force gives guarantees to Rwanda that no more shelling from Congo by either Congolese or FDLR because they have eliminated them ; why would I be opposed to that ?” he wondered.

“In fact, I am very happy that this can be done without our involvement because getting involved is a cost to us. So, why would I incur the cost when somebody says I am ready to do it for you ? I have no problem with that,” Kagame added.