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shop geneva; font-size: small;”>“Are we expecting anything different from a force that has not delivered in past 13 years?” Kagame further asked, in reference to the UN peacekeeping force Monusco.
“We should also consider that the problem can be solved with political solutions and without force,” he emphasized.
The President said a regional force led by regional leaders is better suited to solve the problem than a force from elsewhere.
During the Great Lakes Summit in Uganda early this week, it was resolved that an international force should be deployed to crush rebels in Eastern Congo.
While DR President Joseph Kabila does want regional forces in Uganda, which he says are “part of the problem,” Kagame argues that an international force is more of harm than good.
He denied reports that Rwanda had a hand in the DRC conflict, saying, there were some people who are shaping a narrative based on what they want it to be and that is how perception becomes reality.
“Rwanda was blamed, sentenced and then asked for its opinion. People on the ground, including experts, find a way to shift the blame from DRC to Rwanda. When DRC’s military solution did not succeed, the conclusion became that it must be Rwanda that they are fighting,” said Kagame.
He further stated that the solution would be enabled by what DRC government chooses.
We Should Not Fear Each Other
Kagame also appealed to the media fraternity in East Africa not fear him but build initiatives of collaboration with his government.
“We should not fear each other. We should collaborate,” Kagame told over 100 journalists from the East Africa community in Kigali on Friday.
“As long as I can retain flexibility, I will try my best to be a media ambassador. Where journalists are victims of injustice, there is also a general problem of rule of law affecting more than journalists,” said Kagame.
Kigali has in the past been under criticism for harassing journalists, allegations the government vehemently denies.
He said East Africa needed to look at the problem of supporting media comprehensively by working with governments, media practitioners and investors.
Kagame noted that the truth comes from outside where it is actually where the failure originates.
“It is our duty to shape our own stories. Why should we accept this narrative as if it is ours?” wondered Kagame.
“What I have read on situation in DRC, there is more about Rwanda and nothing on DRC. Those who have gone are either silent or report not what they saw but what someone else in western media said they saw,” he noted.
“Has anyone in this room taken time to go to Eastern DRC to ask and find out what is really going on?
Media should have courage to be accurate and provide facts,” he asked the journalists.
Vision Group boss Robert Kabushenga said the relationship between media and government in East Africa should not be “abusive.”
“Let’s build partnerships,” he advised.