The headquarters of the East African Communities (EAC) regional force would go almost unnoticed were it not for the row of flags – those of the seven member countries – which overlook the two small watchtowers framing the gate of entry. Set at the entrance to a dirt road at the end of which is the once-busy Hotel Karibu, the four-story white building with green windows looks fairly unremarkable. Unique architectural fantasy authorized: two false elephant tusks surround, on the roof of the building, the EACRF plate, the acronym of the force.
DRC: regional force, M23… Behind the scenes of the tense camera in Nairobi
This October 18, three soldiers watch, on the other side of the road, the comings and goings of passers-by. A handful of Kenyan soldiers are still circulating in the cour, but there are almost only Congolese officers there. The highest rank is on the third floor. Brigadier general in the Congolese army, Emmanuel Kaputa is one of the two deputy commanders of the regional force. He should in principle assist Kenyan General Jeff Nyagah, appointed head of the EACRF. Returned to Nairobi, the latter has not yet returned to Goma. In the meantime, General Kaputa is alone at the helm.