For the ongoing impasse in Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) to end, President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni of Uganda suggests that all states and stakeholders in the East African Community must come together to forge a way out.
“The problems affecting the region like the crisis in Congo need a collective approach from all regional members of the East African Community. We must insist on working together because these people have suffered a lot,” President Museveni in Nairobi.
The Ugandan leader was Monday afternoon in Nairobi, Kenya’s capital to attend the 3rd EAC Heads of State Conclave on Inter-Congolese Dialogue.
The meeting attended by Paul Kagame of Rwanda, Evariste Ndayishimiye of Burundi, Salva Kiir Mayardit of South Sudan) and Felix Tshisekedi DR Congo evaluated the security situation in the East of the DR Congo.
In the recent past, war broke out in the eastern parts of DR Congo between M23 rebels and the Armed Forces of the Democratic Republic of the Congo Forces armées de la république démocratique du Congo [FARDC]) leaving hundreds homes and fleeing to Uganda.
DR Congo officials have on several occasion accusingly said Rwanda and elements in Uganda are funding the destabilization of the mineral rich country by financing and arming militias.
President Museveni before leaving Nairobi for Entebbe in a tweet described the meeting as successful without giving details but a communiqué released after the meeting mentioned that the Heads of State directed that an immediate ceasefire should be enforced and cessation of hostilities should commence immediately, including withdrawal from recently taken positions.