Rutaremara highlighted Tshisekedi’s initial campaign promise to launch an attack on Rwanda, expressing doubt whether the President, now in a state of confusion, still stands by this commitment after securing victory.
In an analysis posted on X account, Rutaremara stated that Félix Tshisekedi is currently grappling with uncertainty, questioning whether he will persist in his intention to confront Rwanda. Rutaremara suggested that Tshisekedi is unsure about engaging with M23, the group that defeated his forces in North Kivu, to negotiate peace and security in the region.
Reflecting on the history of Tshisekedi’s presidency since 2019, Rutaremara recalled an earlier collaborative effort with M23 leaders to restore peace in the eastern part of the DRC. He pointed out that Tshisekedi, at that time, had agreed to establish specialized soldier brigades within six months to address security concerns in the region. However, Rutaremara noted that internal political pressures caused Tshisekedi to backtrack on this initiative.
Rutaremara also underscored that Tshisekedi’s recent provocations on Rwanda and President Paul Kagame are influenced by certain politicians benefiting from the country’s insecurity, including mine guards and Mai Mai groups associated with various crimes in the Kivu provinces.
The question arises as to whether Tshisekedi, having won the elections, will reconsider his stance, engage with M23 for a compromise, and revisit the original plan agreed upon with its leaders.
Rutaremara raised doubts about Tshisekedi’s reliance on the advice of politicians who, according to him, deceived the President. He questioned whether Tshisekedi would continue his current trajectory or choose to collaborate with M23, as initially intended. Additionally, Rutaremara pondered how Tshisekedi would navigate relations with the Burundian army, considering their previous involvement against M23, which ended in defeat.
Connecting the Burundian army’s failure to President Evariste Ndayishimiye’s accusations against Rwanda for supporting the RED Tabara group, Rutaremara emphasized that despite Tshisekedi and Ndayishimiye speaking negatively about Rwanda, the country would tolerate it as an act of incompetence.