Former President Kenyatta In DRC For Peace Talks

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Former President Uhuru Kenyatta on Sunday arrived in Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) for peace talks with President Felix Tshisekedi.

The former leader who is the Facilitator of the EAC-led Peace Process in Eastern DRC is set to hold high-level consultations with local DRC community leaders and stakeholders.

The meeting comes just a week after the summit of EAC heads of state held a high-level consultative meeting on the peace process in eastern DRC.

The meeting which was chaired by H.E Evariste Ndayishimiye, the Chairperson of the summit of EAC heads of state, committed that all the 7 EAC partner states will now be fully involved with the process, with each Head of State forwarding a technical advisor to support the Facilitator of the EAC Peace Process.

Heads of state from Uganda, Kenya, Rwanda, and Tanzania vowed to be part of implementing the peace process in the troubled country by contributing a special fund.

Meanwhile, Kenyan troops were deployed to DRC last week to fight M23 rebels.

Chief of the Kenya Defence Forces General Robert Kibochi saw off the team at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport.

Currently, fighters from the M23 Movement, which is also known as March 23, have tightened their grip on several territories after seizing strategic towns last month, cutting Goma off from the upper half of the province. 

The next session of the peace dialogue on the security situation in Eastern DRC is scheduled to commence on 21st November 2022 in Nairobi, Kenya.

The tension between DR Congo and Rwanda is at its highest in years, with the DRC accusing its neighbor of backing the M23, charges the Rwandan government denies.

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