Ex-Kenya president calls for urgent intervention in DRC | News

The previous Kenyan chief is visiting unstable east DRC in his capability because the regional bloc’s facilitator and AU envoy.

Kenya’s former President Uhuru Kenyatta has known as for pressing intervention within the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), the place combating between the military and M23 rebels has flared once more within the final week, main hundreds to flee from their houses.

Throughout a go to to town of Goma, within the jap DRC, and a close-by camp for displaced individuals, Kenyatta encountered tens of hundreds of individuals dwelling tough on roadsides.

Described by a United Nations particular envoy as more and more performing as a traditional military, the M23 has staged a serious offensive this yr, seizing territory and sparking a diplomatic row between the DRC and Rwanda.

The DRC accuses Rwanda of backing the M23, an allegation supported by “stable proof”, in accordance with UN specialists. Kigali firmly denies any involvement.

Kenyatta was visiting the DRC in his capability as regional bloc East African Neighborhood (EAC) facilitator and African Union peace envoy. The EAC just lately introduced peace talks for later this month, aiming to chill tensions between the 2 nations and finish the battle unfolding alongside their shared border.

Minutes earlier than Kenyatta’s go to to the Kanyaruchinya camp exterior Goma, unknown individuals within the Congolese military fatigues shot within the air, inflicting panic and hundreds of individuals to flee, a Reuters journalist stated. The military and rebels blamed one another for the incident.

Kenyatta’s work has been “severely hampered by the unfolding dreadful humanitarian disaster in and round Goma”, Kenya’s Ministry of Overseas Affairs stated in an announcement.

Earlier this month, Kenya deployed troops to the jap DRC to affix an East African regional power tasked with ending a long time of bloodshed.

Kenyatta stated insurgent teams and their backers had not honoured pledges made at peace talks earlier this yr in Nairobi, to stay of their positions.

Regardless of billions of {dollars} spent on one of many United Nations’ largest peacekeeping forces, greater than 100 armed teams proceed to function throughout massive swaths of east DRC. This has fanned resentment amongst locals and led to clashes with the peacekeeping troops.

Jeff Nyagah, the Kenyan commander of the brand new EAC power, stated the diplomatic course of was the precedence, alongside disarmament and demobilisation of armed teams.

“If these two tracks fail, we’ll after all use the power throughout a joint operation [with the Congolese army],” he informed a information convention in Goma.

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