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President Kenyatta convenes high-level meeting on peace and security in DRC

President Uhuru Kenyatta is set to chair a high-level meeting to discuss the security situation in the Eastern part of DRC.

The meeting comes amid growing efforts within the EAC block for a cessation of hostilities in the Eastern part of DRC.

Several Heads of State in the Eastern Africa Community have jetted into the country on Monday for the peace talks.

They include, Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni, Paul Kagame (Rwanda), Evariste Ndayishimiye (Burundi), Salva Kiir Mayardit (South Sudan) and Felix Tshisekedi (DR Congo) are in Nairobi for the third EAC Heads of State Conclave on Inter-Congolese Dialogue of the Nairobi Process on the Peace and Security Situation in Eastern DR Congo.

President Samia Suluhu Hassan of the United Republic of Tanzania will be represented at the meeting by the country’s ambassador to Kenya, High Commissioner John Stephen Simbachawene.

“Today’s Heads of State high-level meeting, hosted by President Uhuru Kenyatta in his capacity as the Co-Convenor of the Peace Process and Chairperson of EAC, is an acceleration of ongoing regional efforts to attain sustainable peace and security in Eastern DR Congo,” said State House Spokes Person Kanze Dena.

Last week, President Kenyatta called for the cessation of hostilities between armed groups in Eastern DRC to facilitate its participation in the country’s political process.

He said the ongoing hostilities in particular threaten to undermine the ongoing political process (the political track) aimed at addressing the security situation in the region.

“I note, with concern, that recent developments including, open hostilities, create a serious threat to the success of the regional leadership’s work including the promotion of outcomes of the Inter-Congolese (DRC) consultations of the Nairobi Process,” said President Kenyatta.

The President called for an immediate cessation of all hostilities in the Eastern DRC and for all armed groups, both foreign and local, to lay down arms immediately and unconditionally and to commit to a political process,” he said.

He further called for the activation of the East African Regional Force under the auspices of the East African Community (EAC).

The Regional Force is a component of the military/security enforcement track provided for in the Communiqué adopted on 21st April 2022.

The President directed regional Commanders of the respective Defence Forces within EAC to finalize preparations to undertake the deployment of the Regional Force.

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