Museveni Arrives In Nairobi Ahead Of EAC Heads Of State Meeting Over DRC Crisis

Museveni Arrives In Nairobi Ahead Of EAC Heads Of State Meeting Over DRC Crisis

By Uganda Online Media

Kampala: President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni is in Nairobi, Kenya joining other Heads of State in the region for the 3rd East African Community (EAC) Conclave on peace and security situation in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).

The EAC Heads of State meeting will be premised on the peace and security situation in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

He arrived aboard Uganda Airlines on Monday and will be hosted by President Uhuru Kenyatta.

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”EARLIER: I was received at State House Nairobi, Kenya by H.E President Uhuru Kenyatta, the Chairperson of the East African Community ahead of our 3rd Heads of State Conclave on the peace and security situation in the Democratic Republic of Congo,” Museveni confirmed in a tweet.

Last week, President Uhuru Kenyatta in his capacity as EAC chair called for the deployment of the East African Regional force to the DRC to quell growing insecurity.

The President further called for an immediate cessation of hostilities in the eastern provinces of Ituri, North Kivu and South Kivu and the area was declared weapons-free through a disarmament exercise.

“The hostilities, in particular, threaten to undermine the ongoing political process aimed at addressing the security situation,” he said.

Regional commanders of respective Defence Forces will meet in Nairobi on Sunday, June 19, 2022, to finalize preparations for the deployment.

Earlier that week, a Congolese soldier, armed with an AK-47, was shot dead 25 metres into Rwanda after he opened fire on security personnel and civilians injuring two police officers, a statement from Rwanda’s army said.

A Rwandan policeman shot back in self-defence killing the soldier, it added.

DR Congo officials have confirmed an “incident” but have not given any details, local media reported.

When the soldier was brought back into the nearby Congolese city of Goma, people surrounded the ambulance chanting “hero, hero.”

On Monday, after the capture of Bunagana, the Congolese government accused its neighbour of “invading”.

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