DP Backs DRC’s Refusal To Sign Peace Deal


medical geneva; font-size: small; line-height: 200%;”>In the weekly press briefing, order Mwesigwa told journalists that DP’s backing of President Joseph Kabila’s decision is based on the fact that signing a peace agreement with only one rebel group will not solve the insecurity problem within the country.

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“DR. Congo needs a National dialogue where all other several small rebel groups shall be brought on board which will necessitate signing of an effective peace agreement and guarantee a secure country free from rebel groups,” Mwesigwa asserted.

This comes at a time when Kinshasha government still maintains that it will only sign a ‘declaration’ that provides that M23 has agreed to end its existence as an armed group but vows never to agree on terms of governance with a non-existent entity as M23 is not a registered political party in that country.

Mwesigwa has on the same note called upon the governments of Uganda and Rwanda to withdraw their efforts in resettling the M23 rebels and give a chance to Tanzania which has been instrumental in the liberation of Eastern Congo.

“Uganda has a poor track record in DRC where it was accused of theft whose debt, up-to-date, has not been cleared and this renders it biased in any move to stabilise Congo,” he added.

Mwesigwa has highly praised Tanzania and South Africa for their central role in the Democratic Republic of Congo’s victory over the M23 rebel group.

“These two countries together with the UN force have helped to liberate the people of Eastern Congo, a move that will aid the restoration of peace and security within the country and the entire East African region,” he noted.

On the other hand, the DP Legal adviser, Fred Mukasa Mbidde has termed the signing of the peace agreement as ‘a light weight decision’ which cannot provide a solution to the governance problems in DR. Congo.

In a late development, the United Nations is already mouthing its dissatisfaction with President Joseph Kabila’s judgment as far as the peace talks between the M23 rebel group and the Government of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) is concerned.

The joint statement by the Secretary-General’s Special Envoy to the Great Lakes Region, Mary Robinson, his Special Representative for DRC, Martin Kobler, United States Special Envoy for the Great Lakes region and the DRC Russ Feingold, African Union Special Representative Boubacar Diarra, and European Union Senior Coordinator for the Great Lakes region Koen Vervaeke comes nearly a week after the group welcomed the announcement by the M23 that it is ending its bloody insurgency against the DRC Government.

The talks in the Ugandan capital of Kampala aimed at reaching a final and principled agreement that ensures the disarmament and demobilisation of the M23 and accountability for human rights abuses have so far collapsed.


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