KIVU CRISIS: Congolese Legislators Meet Kagame

approved geneva; font-size: small; line-height: 115%;”>The Congolese legislators’ trip aimed at promoting a dynamic partnership between the two Parliaments as well as encourage constructive dialogue on mutual interest areas.

treatment geneva;”>The delegation, information pills which arrived in Rwanda on Monday, held discussions in Parliament on the root causes of the conflict in eastern DRC, the different political and diplomatic mechanisms initiated at the level of UN, AU and ICGLR to solve the conflict and the role of the two parliaments in promoting lasting peace, stability, security and development of the region.

President Paul Kagame on Wednesday received the DRC Senate Delegation.

Hon. Kengo wa Dondo emphasised the need for the free movement of people, goods and investments before praising President Kagame for his broader perspective of the DRC crisis, one that calls for political not a military solution.


The trip comes at a time when the two countries are at loggerheads over the crisis in eastern Congo.

DRC accuses Rwanda of supporting the M23 Movement to topple the regime of President Joseph Kabila, a charge Kigali vehemently denies.

Congo supports the idea of deploying the so-called “UN Intervention Brigade” to battle the M23 combatants yet Kigali has been advocating for a political solution to the crisis.

The DRC Senate delegation also visited Gihembe refugee camp which houses Congolese refugees as well the Kigali Genocide Memorial Centre where Hon. Kengo wa Dondo condemned the genocide against the Tutsi.

During the closing ceremony, Rwanda’s Senate President Hon. Jean Damascene Ntawukuliryayo underlined the need to eradicate FDLR terrorist group that has unceasingly contributed to the suffering of people in eastern DRC.

“There is no way to explain why a terrorist group like FDLR can continue killing innocent people while the world watches.”

In his closing remarks Hon. Kengo wa Dondo emphasised the need for a political approach to the eastern DRC Conflict.

He also commended the ICGLR for its efforts for peace and called on fellow parliamentarians to play a key role in promoting peace and safeguarding the gains that have been made.

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