Museveni In Angola Over Congo Rebellion


viagra geneva; font-size: small;”>Museveni’s trip comes just less than a week after DRC president Joseph Kabila travelled to Luanda where he met Angola’s leader Eduardo Do Santos.

adiposity geneva; font-size: small;”>In a 4-hour emergency visit to Angola last Thursday, Kabila pleaded to Luanda government to help him deal with the crisis in the Kivu Province in eastern Congo where M23 rebels have turned a thorn in the flesh of DRC forces.

The rebels, who have proved their potential by seizing several strategic towns, have since threatened to march to Kinshasha and overthrow Kabila if he does not hold peace talks with them.

As we write this, Goma is falling to the rebels as government troops take off over blistering raids.

“The four-hour visit to Angola aimed at discussing DRC situation that has been plagued in recent times by an armed rebellion. Angola and DRC enjoy good relations in various fields such as defence, security, transports, energy, tourism, trade, fisheries, geology, mining and oil-exploration,” read a statement Kinshasha presidency.

Two weeks earlier, Kabila had dispatched his special envoy Antoine Ghonda to Angola to seek help on crushing the M23 insurrection.

“I am in Angola to explain that DRC has difficulties and we need your help” Ghonda said while on a visit in Luanda, Angola.

It has now emerged that while in Luanda, Kabila specifically asked for a special contingent of forces trained in guerilla warfare to combat and annihilate M23.

The outcome of the meeting of the two heads of state is still unclear.

But sources say Museveni travelled to Angola to convince President Santos that a military solution to the Congo crisis is not possible.

“Museveni is advocating for dialogue between M23, Kinshasha and other regional players to solve the conflict,” said a source at State House.

Uganda security services have told that a fully-blown war in Easter Congo would be exploited by ADF rebels to destabilize the western region.

Museveni Arrives

The President was received on arrival at Luanda International Airport on Tuesday evening by Angolan Minister for Assistance and Social Integration Joao Baptist Kussumwa and the Vice-Governor of Luanda province Graciano Domingos, among others.

Museveni, who was treated to a red carpet welcome and other military ceremonies, later visited the monument of the 1st President of the Republic of Angola, Antonio Agostinho Neto and laid a wreath on the mausoleum of the fallen Angolan leader.

Later in the evening, the President received the Speaker of the National Assembly of Angola, Rt. Hon. Antonio Paulo Kassoma who called on him at his residence.

Museveni and the Speaker delved into a number of issues between Uganda and Angola with particular mention of the Parliaments of the 2 countries.

Museveni commended the brotherly relations that happily exist between Uganda and Angola and said that these should be strengthened further.

Museveni is slated to hold talks with his Angolan counterpart later today.

Rwanda has separately warned Kabila against pursuing the path of war against M23, saying it would not help matters.

Meanwhile, in a related development, Uganda government has cancelled a press conference which had been planned for today on the upcoming International Conference of the Great Lakes region.

The State foreign Affairs Ministry Okello Oryem was supposed to brief the press on when the meeting would be held as agreed in a pact signed in Addis Ababa on July 15 during the African Union Summit.

The states grouped in the International Conference of the Great Lakes Region proposed working with the AU and the United Nations to create “a neutral international force to eradicate M23, FDLR and all other negative forces in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo.”

Museveni’s trip underscores the fragility of the Congo crisis and calls for more effort by regional players to end the conflict.

DRC recently accused Uganda and Rwanda of funneling arms and recruits to support M23, allegations the two countries have vehemently denied.


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