Rwanda, RDC and Angola unite to enhance security, economic cooperation

On 1 June 2019 at 01:30

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.

The agreements were held yesterday as President Tshisekedi hosted President Kagame and President João Lourenço of Angola Tshisekedi who were in DRC for national mourning ceremony of his father.

According to a communiqué released by DRC presidency at the end of the three leaders’ meeting discussions revolved around strengthening cooperation between the three countries.

The communiqué also stressed the importance of inviting other regional heads of state to the tripartite axis in order to find ways to eradicate the phenomenon of Congolese and foreign armed groups and other questions related to security of the states.

They also agreed to revive efforts to promote peace and security through the International Conference on the Great Lakes Region (ICGLR), an inter-governmental organisation made up of twelve countries in the Africa Great Lakes region.

ICGLR member states include Angola, Burundi, Central African Republic, Republic of Congo, Democratic Republic of Congo, Kenya, Rwanda, South Sudan, Sudan, Tanzania, Uganda and Zambia.

The three presidents also agreed to further promote efforts to expand economic exchanges and trade in line with the need for regional cooperation and development.

Prior to the tripartite meeting, President Kagame was welcomed to the Presidential Palace in N’Sele by President Tshisekedi and First Lady Denise Tshisekedi.

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

Within five year tenure, Tshisekedi is expected to revive DRC, Rwanda relations especially disarming armed groups.

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.

They were arrested last year returning from Uganda in a meeting intended to threaten Rwanda’s security.