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Kenyan Troops Arrive DR Congo To Boost Fight Against ADF Rebels

DR Congo will host Kenyan troops in a joint operation to oust ADF rebels marauding DR Congo over the past six years.

President Felix Tshisekedi of DR Congo has announced the arrival of Kenyan troops into the country to help the national army in its fight against rebels of the Allied Democratic Forces (ADF).

The ADF rebels have been visiting mayhem on civilians in Beni province for the past six years.

The Kenyan troops would be deployed in DR Congo under the auspices of the United Nations Organization Stabilization Mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo (MONUSCO). 

However, despite the loftiness of the idea, a national parliamentarian, Lucain Kasongo, has expressed some misgivings about the prospect, saying all institutions of the country must be associated with the decision to allow Kenyan troops to enter the country. 

“What is happening in the East of the country surpasses all expectations. Since the epoch of President Joseph Kabila, we had said that the asymmetric war was not easy to win, it is a war that requires the means and time,” Kasongo said.

“There are those who think it was the bad faith of Joseph Kabila and today we are discovering that it is a reality which demands the conjugation of the efforts of all Congolese.” 

“Kenyan soldiers are not yet here. The wish is that before these troops arrived in the Democratic Republic of Congo, everybody should be associated. It is an affair of the Democratic Republic of Congo, it concerns all the institutions and each institution must put its hands on the plough in the search for solutions.” 

During a recent joint press briefing in Kinshasa with President Uhuru Kenyatta of Kenya, President Felix Tshisekedi had announced the arrival of Kenyan troops “within the next few days” to support the DR Congo forces to attack in the most efficacious way, the terrorism and violence in the East of DR Congo.

 “As you know, Kenya has voluntarily accepted to be part of the rapid intervention brigade, which is constituted by the United Nations to support the armed forces of DR Congo in the East of our country,” President Tshisekedi had declared.

“And in the coming weeks, Kenyan troops will then arrive in DR Congo to support our forces in attacking in the most efficacious manner, this problem of terrorism and violence in the East of our country.” 

“I want to profit from this occasion to break the neck of all the criticisms which consist of falsely claiming that we are not reacting to the situation in the East. I demand that all of us be ready because our repost will be merciless until the total eradication of the violence in the East,” the Congolese leader concluded.

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Chief Bisong Etahoben

Chief Bisong Etahoben is a Cameroonian investigative journalist and traditional ruler. He writes for international media and has participated in several transnational investigations. Etahoben won the first-ever Cameroon Investigative Journalist Award in 1992. He serves as a member of a number of international investigative journalism professional bodies including the Forum for African Investigative Reporters (FAIR). He is HumAngle's Francophone and Central Africa editor.

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