US again grills Tshisekedi over ongoing Congolese Tutsi witch-hunts

United States Secretary of State Antony Blinken has yet again called President Tshisekedi out, to end continued crimes against humanity – including a silent genocide – that Congolese authorities are perpetrating against Kinyarwanda-speaking Congolese Tutsi citizens.

According to a press communiqué issued by Ned Price of the United States Department of State, after a tête-à-tête meeting between Tshisekedi and Secretary Blinken (on the sideline of the US-Africa Leaders Summit) the latter urged Tshisekedi “to speak out against hate speech. The US is pressing Tshisekedi to intensify efforts to condemn “the unacceptable rhetoric” (of hate speech).

This came after Secretary Blinken also condemned the Tutsi witch-hunting campaign during his two-day visit to Rwanda in August this year. “We know that Rwandans are also alarmed justifiably by the increase in hate speech, in the DRC targeting Rwandaphones,” he noted

“The United States will continue to condemn such unacceptable and dangerous rhetoric and I encourage President Tshisekedi and his government to do the same.” The top U.S. diplomat added. However, Tshisekedi has never done anything in terms of heeding advice from the US and other international actors who condemned the ongoing silent genocide.

To add insult to injury, Tshisekedi unveiled a militia wing dubbed “Brigade Spéciale de l’UDPS”, which is under the aegis of his ruling ruling coalition , UDPS. The members of the new mob strut around with machetes, spears, and hammers among other crude weapons, while terrorizing and killing Kinyarwanda-speaking Tutsi Congolese citizens.

That is in addition to the members of the blacklisted FDLR genocidal and terrorist group whom Tshisekedi’s regime gave a green light to hunt down and kill the Tutsis from wherever they are on the Congolese soil, the very same criminals were also integrated into Congolese army (FARDC) – something that the International Community is aware of but has restrained from denouncing it.

It is high time the world translates words into decisive actions by pressuring Tshisekedi and his henchmen to stop the massacres and bring the culprits to book.

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