East Africa Military Chiefs To Meet In Nairobi Over Regional Operations In DR Congo

The meeting in Nairobi, Kenya, would enable the military chiefs to finalise the regional plans to launch joint operations in DR Congo against armed groups.

Military chiefs of the East African Community (EAC) have scheduled a meeting for June 15 and 19, 2022, in the Kenyan capital, Nairobi.

East African Community (AEC) comprises Burundi, Kenya, Uganda, South Sudan, Tanzania, and DR Congo. The military chiefs of member states held a meeting in Goma, eastern DR Congo, on Tuesday, June 7, on how to combat armed groups in DR Congo,

The Goma meeting discussed “the modalities for the putting in place of a regional force destined to contain, defeat and eradicate armed groups disturbing the peace in the eastern part of DR Congo.”

The meeting on Tuesday came after a meeting by Presidents of member states in Nairobi, Kenya, on April 21, 2022.

HumAngle learnt that defence experts would also attend the Nairobi meeting between June 15 and 19.

Presidents of member states will validate the different recommendations made by the military chiefs.

The eastern DR Congo, notably the North Kivu and Ituri provinces, has been gripped by violence for the past 25 years because of the presence of numerous armed local and foreign groups.

Since April this year, violent clashes have pitched the Congolese army, FARDC, against the March 23 movement, a Tutsi rebellion that the FARDC had defeated in 2013.

Meanwhile, fighting continued on Tuesday, June 7, as the FARDC forces attempted to recapture the strategic hills of Tchanzu and Runyoni, considered the general headquarters of the M23 in Rutshuru territory of North Kivu province, according to local sources.

This resurgence of violence has nurtured new tensions between DR Congo and its Rwandese neighbour.

Both countries have been mutually accusing each other of armed aggression.

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