Uganda’s President Yoweri Museveni on Sunday arrived in Kenya’s capital Nairobi ahead of today’s East African Community (EAC) Heads of state meeting to discuss the crisis the in Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).
Museveni other leaders from the EAC for a meeting convened by President Uhuru Kenyatta to discuss the security situation in the eastern DRC.
‘’I have arrived in Nairobi, Kenya for the 3rd East African Community (EAC) Heads of State Conclave on the peace and security situation in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC)’’,Museveni tweeted.
The EAC conclave, whose members are Kenya, DR Congo, Rwanda, Burundi and Uganda, was set up to encourage dialogue between rebels and the Congolese government.
People in the eastern DRC “have long suffered and continue to pay an inordinately heavy price in loss of lives, property and elusive peace,” President Kenyatta, the current chairman of the EAC, said in a statement announcing Monday’s meeting.
Over the past two months, two scoping and mapping consultations with foreign and local armed groups active in the DRC have been held in Nairobi.
The third meeting comes as heavy fighting revives decades-old animosities between Kinshasa and Kigali, with the DRC blaming neighbouring Rwanda for the recent resurgence of the M23 rebel group.
Rwanda has repeatedly denied backing the rebels, while both countries have accused each other of cross-border shelling.
On Wednesday, Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta called for the deployment of a regional EAC force in eastern DRC to restore peace, but Kinshasa said it would not accept Rwanda’s participation in the operation.
It is said that regional commanders of the EAC met on Sunday to finalize preparations for the deployment of the joint force.