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Muyaya dismisses practicality of Tshisekedi’s war plans against Rwanda

By Esther Muhozi
On 7 February 2024 at 11:20

Patrick Muyaya, the spokesperson for the Democratic Republic of the Congo’s government, expressed doubts about the practicality of President Félix Tshisekedi Tshilombo’s suggestion to declare a war on Rwanda.

During his presidential campaign on December 18, 2023, Tshisekedi committed to seeking parliamentary approval for potential military action against Rwanda if provoked by the M23 armed group in Goma.

He conveyed that in the event of an incident in Congo, specifically in Goma, the President would convene Parliament to request authorization for war against Rwanda. This position was reiterated in an interview on Top Congo FM, where it was emphasized that the Congolese army has the capability to strike in Kigali without leaving Goma.

In a discussion in Kinshasa on February 6, 2024, Muyaya was asked about Tshisekedi’s failure to seek parliamentary approval following the recent explosion in the Mugunga area near Goma, confirmed by the Congolese army as the work of M23.

Muyaya explained that the government is currently engaged in military operations, but certain protocols must be followed. He said that declaring war is not a viable option as new institutions are being established. "Despite the President’s desire, it is not feasible under the present circumstances as outlined in the Constitution," he said.

Highlighting the ongoing military operations, Muyaya underscored that the Congolese army is actively confronting M23 positions with advanced weaponry. He asserted that efforts are being made to neutralize the enemy and restore security in the country.

Tshisekedi’s assertion is grounded in the belief that the M23 group receives support from the Rwandan army, a claim vehemently denied by the Government of Rwanda. Rwanda maintains commitment to non-interference in the internal affairs of the Congolese people.

Patrick Muyaya (left), the spokesperson for the Democratic Republic of the Congo's government, expressed doubts about the practicality of President Félix Tshisekedi Tshilombo's suggestion to declare a war on Rwanda.

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