DRC at the heart of troika discussions

In connection with the extraordinary summit of the SADC troika, the community in southern African states, seven heads of state will meet on Friday in the capital Botswana. The Democratic Republic of Congo will be widely discussed in the light of the political crisis between the new and former Heads of State.

as reported from Kinshasa, Sonia Rolley

Congolese President Félix Tshisekedi has been living in Gaberone since Thursday. On the official program, today’s main theme, this Friday, is Monusco’s rapid intervention force, FIB. The three heads of state of the troop-contributing countries have been invited.South Africa is part of the troika, but the Tanzanian and Malawian presidents will also be present.

If SADC organizes an extraordinary troika summit, it is because the UN and its donors want to open up the FIB to contingents other than those from South African countries and, above all, to reconfigure this force to make it more effective. . Since the fall of the M23 uprising, which was presented as its great victory, criticism of these troops has increased. The Security Council should take a position on the subject in less than 15 days.

But if the summit is of interest, it is especially because it intervenes in full political crisis in Congo-Kinshasa. Joseph Kabila, the former president, had taken the initiative to write to SADC urging them to do everything possible to preserve peace in the country and to maintain the terms of the agreement between him and Felix Tshisekedi.

He also sent out transmitters there on Friday to continue his lobby. One of the sponsors of the coalition agreement is also present: the South African Cyril Ramaphosa. President Tshisekedi should meet with him on this occasion, it is said in the company of the head of state who assures that he is not worried about Joseph Kabila’s “position”.

At this SADC Troika summit, the question of terrorism in Mozambique, where the province of Cabo Delgado in the north has been plagued by increasing violence for three years.


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