The government of the Democratic Republic of Congo has been called to collaborate with the international community to restore state authority throughout the country and to eradicate the killings, rapes, recurrent wars, and rebellions in the east of the country.
Speaking during the closing session of the National Assembly on Monday, June 28, 2021, the country’s Prime Minister, Modeste Bahati Lukwebo, lauded the decision by President Felix Tshisekedi to declare a state of siege in the provinces of Ituri and North Kivu.
“This time around, faced with the barbarity which has lasted enough and bereaved our families, the President of the Republic took control of this issue by declaring a state of siege in the provinces of Ituri and North Kivu which has already been prolonged thrice,” the Prime Minister said.
“That is why we salute this decision and we call on one and all to support the head of state and the military governors appointed to take charge of this heavy mission.”
He called on the government to apply the necessary justice mechanisms with the support of the international community to sanction all violators of human rights, crimes against humanity, and war crimes committed on Congolese soil by armed groups.
“We call on the populations of Ituri and North Kivu in particular and those of other provinces in general to give a strong helping hand to our army which has not been sparing any efforts to re-establish peace and quiet in this part of the republic,” Lukwebo said.
The Prime Minister saluted government action which involved the putting in place of accompanying operations such as the fusion of the demobilisation, disarmament and reinsertion (DDR) programmes and the Capacity-building of the Stabilisation and Reconstruction Plan (STAREC) as well as humanitarian actions.
“At the same time, we exhort the government to equally take appropriate measures which can permit our army to re-establish peace and protect the civilian population,” he concluded.
The state of siege has been in operation since May 6, 2021 in the provinces of Ituri and North Kivu. It is aimed at putting an end to the killings which have been ongoing for several years.
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