The Prime Minister of the Democratic Republic of Congo, Sama Lukonde, refused to appear in the photo of the Heads of State and Government attending the 18th General Assembly of the OIF, as a way of protesting that his country does not get along well with Rwanda.At the OIF meeting, The Prime Minister of RDC protested
Lukonde is the one who went to Djerba in Tunisia representing President Félix Tshisekedi.
On the morning of this Saturday, the participants of the meeting included the President of France, Emmanuel Macron; Prime Minister of Canada, Justin Trudeau and President Paul Kagame of Rwanda arrived in the meeting room on its first day.
Before the talks started, the heads of state took a photo of the memorial, but Sama Lukonde refused to appear in it. The Ministry of Information in the DRC said that the leader refused to appear next to President Kagame because Rwanda is behind the problems of insecurity in the Eastern part of the DRC.
In addition to that decision, on Friday evening, the Lukonde delegation did what they could to pass a decision to approve Louise Mushikiwabo’s second four-year term at the OIF board, calling her a Rwandan.
On Sunday, the heads of state will entrust Mushikiwabo Louise with the responsibility of continuing to lead the OIF.
Mushikiwabo did not keep his mouth shut about the problems of Rwanda and the DRC as much as She knows because when She was the Minister of Foreign Affairs it was there.
In an interview with TV5 Monde, he pointed out that the reason for this renewed conflict is that the agreement that was agreed between the countries of the region to fight all the armed groups in Eastern Congo has not been implemented.
He said, “There are groups in the DRC near the border of Rwanda that threaten the security of Rwanda. Then, at different times, Rwanda and DRC, along with Uganda and Burundi and other countries in the region, agreed that they should fight all these groups. It does not want to lay down its weapons and will be taken away. And why was this not done? That is the problem.”
It is estimated that there are more than 130 armed groups in the RDC, but all of them do not like to be mentioned, M23 is included in the loudest voice and every time the RDC accuses Rwanda of being behind it.
Rwanda shows that it is threatened by the FDLR group, which is made up of some of those who left the country who committed the genocide and are now planning to create instability in the country.
Mushikiwabo believes that if there is political will, the problem of armed groups in the DRC can be solved once and for all.
“Should we go back on the agreement that was agreed upon more than 10 years ago and implement it? It’s a matter of political will.”
The RDC continues to do all it can to convince the world that its insecurity problems are caused by Rwanda, only to convince the Tshisekedi government that it is better to hold talks with the groups rebelling against his government, including M23.