President Museveni has joined his fellow East African Community state heads today in the Kenyan capital of Nairobi to discuss the ongoing violence in the Democratic Republic of Congo.
East African Community chairman who is also the Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta among other head will discuss measures to solve the crisis in Eastern Congo which among others will include deployment of a regional force to fight the M23 rebel group.
The situation of peace and security, particularly in eastern DRC is preponderant. The people have long suffered and continue to pay an inordinately heavy price in loss of lives, property and elusive peace, a statement by the Kenyan presidency said.
The third East African Heads of State Conclave on Inter-Congolese Dialogue of the Nairobi Process on the peace and security situation in Eastern Congo will seek to augment earlier meetings by the regional leaders meant to bring lasting peace in one of the worlds most volatile regions.
This comes a day after regional army commanders met in Nairobi to discuss final details in regards the forthcoming deployment of a regional joint force in DRC.
The President Kenyatta in his capacity as the chairman of the East African Community directed that a regional standby force be immediately deployed in Democratic Republic of Congo to help solve the worsening situation last week the idea which Congolese government welcomed.
The East African Regional Force shall be deployed to the Ituri, North Kivu and South Kivu provinces immediately to stabilize the zone and enforce peace in support of the DRC security forces and in close coordination with MONUSCO, he said.
The government of DRC welcomes the proposal made by President Kenyatta of deploying a new regional military force led by the East African Community to enforce peace in the provinces targeted by M23 and Rwanda, DRC government spokesperson said on Friday.
However, he insisted that their government will not accept the participation of Rwanda in this joint force.
The Congolese government accuses Rwanda of supporting the M23 rebels who have renewed fighting against the FADRC forces and consequently captured Bunagana, a town on the border with Uganda last week.