President Félix Tshisekedi Tshilombo of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, during a campaign rally on December 18, 2023, pledged to seek parliamentary approval for declaring war on Rwanda, once the M23 rebel group attacks Goma town. This statement reflected the President’s consistent rhetoric throughout 2023, envisioning Rwanda as the 27th province of the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
In a recent interview on January 2, 2024, Lt Col Simon Kabera reiterated the security and resilience of Rwanda. He emphasized that the Rwandan Army is impervious to threatening words, with a steadfast commitment to safeguarding citizens. Despite the sowing of hatred rooted in historical events, Lt Col Kabera asserted that efforts to divide Rwandans are futile, as the citizens reject such divisive ideologies.
Lt Col Kabera reassured the public, stating that those attempting to separate Rwandans have no chance of success, as the citizens remain united. He emphasized the army’s broader mission, not limited to border security but extending to the well-being and development of the people. Lt Col Kabera urged the public not to be disturbed by provocations, highlighting the country’s past successes in achieving security amid challenges.
Tourism, recreational activities, and daily life in Rwanda were encouraged to continue without disruption. Lt Col Kabera expressed confidence in the RDF’s ability to fulfill its responsibility in managing the security of Rwandans, citing positive feedback from the Rwanda Governance Scorecard, where security and stability received a high satisfaction rating of 93.63%.
Furthermore, Lt Col Kabera affirmed that people should continue their daily activities, emphasizing collaboration between the military and the public in building the country. The Rwandan Army’s commitment to social welfare was underscored, with examples of annual operations providing medical services and infrastructure development, including the settlement of 120 families in Rugerero Model Village.