Kagame, Tshisekedi visit infrastructures damaged by Nyiragongo volcanic eruption in Goma

On 26 June 2021 at 05:40

President Paul Kagame has today held one-day working visit to the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) where he toured Goma City along with his counterpart Félix Tshisekedi to assess damages resulting from Nyiragongo volcanic eruption.

Nyiragongo’s eruption on 22nd May 2021 destroyed several infrastructures, took lives over 32 and left many people displaced.

The eruption saw Congolese nationals fleeing to Rwanda where they were warmly welcomed until they returned home.

Few days later, Kagame appealed for global support to manage the crisis on the border with DRC.

The volcanic eruption is reported to have destroyed 1000 houses, water and electricity supply systems that some parts of Goma left in blackout are pulling electricity from Rwanda.

Since then, water scarcity has been persistent in Goma where some residents fetch safe water from 20 kilometers.

On his visit, Kagame and Tshisekedi toured Kibati road among other infrastructures damaged by volcanic eruption.

The visit saw numerous bilateral agreements signed between both countries whereafter heads of state held a press conference on areas of mutual interest.

The first agreement signed concerns the promotion and protection of investments, while the second one relates to the avoidance of double taxation and tax evasion between the two countries. The third agreement is a memorandum on gold mining cooperation.

Addressing his remarks, President Kagame explained that signed agreements form the basis of cooperation to build a solid relationship between the two countries.

Before heading to DRC, Kagame received his counterpart of DRC on the previous day where they toured infrastructures damaged by Nyiragongo eruption on Rwanda’s side.

Kagame stressed that the visits provided a good opportunity to have broad and productive exchanges that will benefit both two countries.

“I am thankful to President Tshisekedi for providing this opportunity for me and my delegation, and the Rwandans not only to express our solidarity and a sense of strong partnership that exists between our two countries but also in the context of giving you president, people of DRC and particularly of Goma, our condolences for those who lost their lives during the recent volcanic eruption, stand with those who were displaced and affected in any other way,” he said.

“I also want to thank the president for allowing this closeness of our people that already exists and has existed for many years to be given a new impetus,” added Kagame.