The Teke and Yaka communities in Kwamouth, located in Mai-Ndombe province of the Democratic Republic of Congo, which have been involved in sporadic clashes since June this year, resulting in over 70 deaths, say they are now ready for reconciliation for peaceful coexistence to return.
The two communities expressed the wish on Thursday, Sept. 15, 2022 at the end of consultations with Adolphe Muzito, an emissary dispatched by President Felix Tshisekedi to look into “the profound causes of the conflict”. Mr. Muzito has promised to make public the conclusions of his consultations in Kinshasa as soon as possible.
“We are going to do our best to try to assemble the two parties. Since the problem started just over a month ago, we have been trying to persuade the population to be calm. If we resort to brutality, we will fail. We are to proceed slowly but surely. This is so that the people who have been living peacefully for decades come together again. We are going to do everything to bring them together”, declared the interim administrator of Kwamouth territory, Louis Ntwa Mayo.
The vice president of the Kwamouth civil society, Martin Suta, says the civil society is ready to participate in bringing about reconciliation.
“Surely we are ready. In any case, we have already started sending out appeals to pastors to preach messages of peace in their churches. We are brothers, and it is God who has brought us together. We cannot continue to kill ourselves as if we were animals,” Martin Suta said.
During his visit to Kwamouth, Mr Muzito says he discovered that entire villages were deserted and that 80 per cent of the villages that make up Kwamouth territory had been burnt down.
He has promised to demand justice to be rendered to the affected and that peace be re-established in Kwamouth.
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