Kagame welcomes Tshisekedi efforts to fight armed groups, promises support

On 3 July 2019 at 12:16

President Paul Kagame has said that Rwanda is ready to provide support to fight armed groups based in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and welcomed the idea of his DRC counterpart Félix Tshisekedi who recently unveiled willingness to collaborate with neighboring countries to fix the issue.

The president expressed Rwanda’s readiness yesterday at the Parliament during an interactive discussion with young African Social Media influencers and journalists ahead of the 25th Liberation Day #Kwibohora25.

Kagame was responding to journalists’ question to give his views on Tshisekedi ambition to collaborate with neighboring countries to fight the rebels. President Kagame welcomed the initiative.

“For the part of Congo and what the President of Congo said, we will join. We have been waiting and I am glad that we have a person there saying he wants to work with neighbors to get rid of this problem. Because it has been there for too long and it affects Congo, neighbors and all of us,” said Kagame.

“There is no point in sitting with that problem or allowing that problem to stand in the way of the progress we should be making. I am really happy that it is the way the president of Congo is going on, thinking about it,” he added.

President Félix-Antoine Tshisekedi has recently announced that the matter of armed groups based in DRC is being discussed by MONUSCO and concerned neighboring countries.

He revealed this as he addressed citizens on Sunday where he highlighted that the problem of insecurity in DRC originates from armed groups from other countries.

The revelation was made at a time when the Armed Forces of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (FARDC) have been launching attacks to disarm armed groups based in Eastern part of the country particularly in Ituri Province which destabilized rebels like ‘P5’ comprised of united armed groups led by Kayumba Nyamwasa among others.

These attacks dubbed ‘Tempête de l’Ituri’ began on 21st June 2019 to defeat armed groups in different parts of DRC forests where they kill, persecute, rob and rape citizens.

In his previous visit to DRC, President Kagame; Rwanda, RDC and Angola have signed tri-partite agreements establishing a joint platform for the three countries to enhance cooperation in the area of security particularly aimed at uprooting all non-state armed groups and end threats to state security and economic cooperation.

DRC forests are home to Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Rwanda (FDLR) for over 20 years.

Towards the end of 2018, Rwanda’s prosecution issued arrest warrant for Kayumba Nyamwasa and other ring leaders of rebel groups known as P5 or RNC organizing their activities in DRC forests to threaten Rwanda’s security.

The threat of non-state armed groups in the Great Lakes region remains active, with DRC’s forests still hosting both Congolese and foreign terrorist groups that threaten state and regional security.

The groups include Rwandan terrorist group Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Rwanda (FDLR), which is comprised of remnants of the genocidal forces that killed more than a million Rwandans during the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi.

Through collaboration with FARDC, the national army of the Democratic Republic of Congo, some FDLR commanders including Laforge Fils Bazeye, FDLR spokesperson and chief spy Lieutenant-Colonel Abega have been arrested and sent back to Rwanda to face justice.

President Kagame welcomed the initiative of Tshisekedi ambition to collaborate with neighboring countries to fight the rebels.
The president was in an interactive discussion with young African Social Media influencers and journalists yesterday.