Early July this year Congolese ruler, Félix Tshisekedi, took to international mainstream media to declare that his country was “set to launch a war on Rwanda.” Some took the chest-thumping lightly, but Tshisekedi is still nurturing his reckless delusions.
Three months down the road, Tshisekedi has repeated the same incendiary sentiments. That was on Thursday this week during his touristic trip to the United Kingdom where he met a section of Congolese nationals that reside in the European country.
Tshisekedi is against the peaceful approach to ending his self-inflicted civil war, while President Kagame insists war is not a solution to the current crisis. Also, DR Congo’s problems are inherently political and can only be addressed through a political process.
“The political process is very important for me and I guess for everyone else, it comes first,” Kagame said on July 4, during a televised interview with RBA. Adding: “You just don’t keep fighting and expect to find a solution for political crises or governance problems,”
The Kinshasa regime has been steadfastly ignoring the elephant in the room: the rampant internal conflicts and inability to address them as well as DRC regime’s unholy alliance with FDLR – the notorious group born of ex-FAR and Interahamwe responsible for the 1994 genocide against Tutsi in Rwanda.
Rwanda remains bullish that its concerns will be addressed; however, Kinshasa shows no political will despite several regional frameworks such as the Nairobi Heads of States Conclave, and the Luanda Tripartite Summit roadmap among other recommendations meant to de-escalate the current crisis and restore peace in the Eastern part of DRC.
Tshisekedi and his sycophants ought to abide by provisions from the regional peace frameworks instead of believing in wars.
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