Rwanda, according to Kanyuka, has actively contributed to combating terrorism in Central Africa and Mozambique, deploying experienced soldiers for this purpose. Speaking on behalf of M23, Kanyuka emphasized that Tshisekedi’s contemplated war with Rwanda would be self-destructive.
On December 18, 2023, President Tshisekedi announced his intention to seek parliamentary approval for a war on Rwanda, asserting that the Congolese army (FARDC) possessed the capability to strike Kigali without leaving Goma City. This announcement raised concerns and was alluded to by President Paul Kagame during a year-end address.
President Kagame dismissed the notion of attacking Rwanda, cautioning those contemplating such actions. He expressed skepticism about viewing Tshisekedi’s statements as mere jest and asserted that he would prepare accordingly until presented with evidence to the contrary.
Speculation suggests that Tshisekedi’s mention of the plan to attack Rwanda could be a political maneuver to garner support for a second term, offering a diversion from challenges faced during his initial tenure.