President Felix Tshisekedi frequently mentions Rwanda in his campaign speeches, at times comparing the Rwandan President to Hitler.
Mukuralinda, participating in a TV1 talk show on Monday, found it perplexing that Tshisekedi would agree to converse with the Rwandan President and later publicly vilify him. He noted that the discrepancy between Tshisekedi’s statements during his campaign and his willingness to engage with American envoys for reconciliation raises questions.
Referencing recent discussions between Rwanda and the DRC, as announced by the USA on December 11th, Mukuralinda emphasized the need for scrutiny regarding Tshisekedi’s contradictory positions. Despite publicly expressing animosity, Tshisekedi agreed to dialogue with American envoys, prompting Mukuralinda to question the inconsistency.
Mukuralinda argued that Tshisekedi presents two different images, sharing contrasting narratives with his citizens and foreign envoys. He suggested that Tshisekedi should have rejected the envoys’ presence on his territory since he had already severed ties and made his stance clear.
Illustrating with an example, Mukuralinda mentioned a scenario where envoys requested Tshisekedi to ease border tensions, and he agreed to both dialogue and implementation. However, during election campaigns, Tshisekedi publicly contradicted this stance.
Mukuralinda attributed Tshisekedi’s focus on Rwanda in his campaign to gaining votes, asserting that portraying Rwanda negatively appeals to certain constituencies.
He criticized the exploitation of Rwanda’s challenges in election narratives and accused Tshisekedi of neglecting the real issues facing the region. Furthermore, Mukuralinda highlighted Congo’s collaboration with armed groups like the FDLR, involved in the 1994 genocide against the Tutsi, as evidence of misplaced priorities in addressing domestic problems.