“The war imposed on us […] demands sacrifices. Standing behind his official desk on November 3, Félix Tshisekedi, looking serious, called for “general mobilization” to face the rebels of the M23, which Kinshasa describes as a terrorist movement supported by Rwanda.
Kigali continues to contest the role attributed to it in this crisis. But as fighting has intensified since October 20, leading to the Congolese army losing places like those from Kiwanja and Rutshuru-centre, tension has also risen on the diplomatic front. Vincent Karega, Rwanda’s ambassador to the DRC was expelled on October 31.
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Behind the scenes, several diplomatic initiatives have taken place to try to calm the situation. On the military front, the joint regional force, whose deployment has been waiting for months and which still raises several questions, has also found a second wind with the announcement of the imminent arrival of Kenyan troops.
In this tense context, Patrick Muyaya, the Congolese Minister of Communication, agreed to answer Young Africa.
Capcov: In his speech on November 3, Félix Tshisekedi called for the mobilization of young people and their enlistment in the army. Is the DRC changing its approach to this conflict?
Patrick Muyaya : We have no other choice. When, for more than three years, you make every diplomatic effort to fin to decades of violence but that things do not change, we must admit that we must change our approach.
The president clarified things, he said that we were choosing diplomacy and not war. In reality, we are already in a state of war but it is a situation imposed by others.
If we went to Nairobi [en mai]it is because it was necessary to start a political process in order to try to engage in a dialogue with the armed groups, including the M23, and to settle the problem of insecurity in a definitive manner.
This had been accepted by everyone until the Rwandan-backed M23 disrupted things. It is obvious that Rwanda has no interest in the DRC being at peace, because the war allows it to continue its looting.
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In his speech, Felix Tshisekedi called on the youth to form vigilante groups. How does this does it consist ?