The Congolese president questions the work of the East African Community in the province of North Kivu
May 26. (EUROPE PRESS) –
The President of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), Félix Tshisekedi, took advantage of a meeting with the Congolese community in China during an official visit to the Asian giant to once again accuse the Rwandan government, led by Paul Kagame, of collaborating with the rebel group Movement March 23 (M23).
“He wants to have our territories because they have wealth. He has made the world believe that he leads a good government thanks to which his country prospers, but in reality it is because he weaves mafia networks that allow him to enrich himself and permanently destabilize the DRC (through the M23)” , has highlighted, as Radio Okapi has collected.
In this sense, he has affirmed that Rwanda’s ‘modus operandi’ has not prevented the Congolese government from “acting with intelligence”, since, in response, they have chosen to “sensitize the international community” of what is happening in the country.
Likewise, he took advantage of the meeting to criticize the “collaboration” existing between the East African Community (CAO) and the rebel group in the province of North Kivu, although he has excluded the Burundian contingent from this alleged collusion, Radio France Internationale (RFI) has reported ).
The M23 is a rebel group made up mainly of Congolese Tutsis and which operates mainly in the North Kivu province, where it launched a new offensive in October 2022 that has caused a diplomatic crisis between the DRC and Rwanda due to their intervention in the conflict.
For its part, Rwanda has accused the DRC of supporting the Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Rwanda (FDLR), a rebel armed group founded and composed mainly of Hutus responsible for the 1994 genocide in Rwanda.
TSHISEKEDI IN CHINA
The Congolese president heads a large government delegation that will remain in China until May 29 and that seeks to promote bilateral economic cooperation, mainly in the mining sector, since the DRC is the main producer of cobalt.
Tshisekedi, who has been received by Chinese President Xi Jinping in a state ceremony, has approached the Monument of the People’s Heroes to lay a wreath. Throughout the day, he also held a working meeting with the Standing Committee of the Chinese Assembly, chaired by Zhao Leji.