The control of the most dangerous group M23 REBELS IN DRC CONGO might come to an end soon this is after the East Africa Community Regional Force (EACRF) Commander Major General Jeff Nyagah, accompanied by the Armed Forces of the Republic of the Congo (FARDC) 3rd Zone Commander Lieutenant General Mbangu Marcel, Chief of operations Major General Chico Tshitambwe and the Deputy Force Commander Brigadier General Emanual Kaputa, on Thursday, 17 November 2022 visited the frontlines of eastern Democratic Republic of Congo where there is ongoing conflict.
His visit came as a morale booster for troops with whom EACRF is jointly working to plan and conduct operations in the joint area of operations to defeat the Armed Group Elements in the affected region.
Nyagah assured the frontline commanders of the protection and readiness to defend Goma international airport and its environs, key infrastructures, and ongoing patrols to secure the internally displaced persons that is currently being controlled by M23 REBELS IN DRC CONGO
Major General Nyagah encouraged the commanders and troops engaging the armed groups to remain strong as EACRF joins them to address the challenge therein.
He later held a meeting with FARDC leadership in Goma and discussed various approaches to the challenge facing eastern DRC.
H.E. (Rtd) President Uhuru Kenyatta, the EAC-Facilitator of the Nairobi Process on Peace and Stability in Eastern DRC and AU-Kenya Peace Envoy made an official visit to Goma on 15 November 2022 as part of his outreach sessions with stakeholders.
Upon arrival, former President Kenyatta was on his way to visit a camp of internally-displaced people near Goma when he was confronted with tens of thousands of internally displaced persons on the roadsides. The EAC Facilitator noted the misery, the cycle of conflict by armed groups, had inflicted on innocent men, women, children, and the old.
Thereafter, the former President held a Roundtable with representatives of the FARDC, MONUSCO, and the East African Community Regional Force and observed the adverse effect of the violence of M23 rebels and other armed groups amounted to grave human rights violations and has led to the displacements of millions in Eastern DRC. He emphasized that the situation requires urgent intervention by the international community, AUPSC and UNSC.
The EAC- Facilitator called on the international community, humanitarian organizations such as Unicef, WFP, IOM, UN OCHA, to urgently and impactfully respond to assuage the terrible distress and human suffering.
In separate conversations, the former President expressed concern that his work has been severely hampered by the unfolding dreadful humanitarian crisis in and around Goma, and it is virtually impossible for him to fully realize the potential of his role when the fighting and the wholesale displacement of towns and villages is ongoing.
He further observed that the terms of the Nairobi Conclaves, which had been agreed upon by all EAC Heads of State outlined that the fighting forces would remain in the positions that they were at the time of the Nairobi Conclaves, have not been honoured by the M23 REBELS IN DRC CONGO and their backers.
It is important to note, observed the Facilitator, that the humanitarian crisis that is now unfolding as a result of non-adherence to recommendations agreed upon in Nairobi during the Heads of State Conclaves.
The EAC Facilitator stressed that this is likely to undermine the military track that was predicated on everyone retaining their positions to allow for the East African Regional Force to interposition itself.
It is critical that this situation is resolved to allow for the Facilitator to fully engage the EACRF to take their rightful positions and allow for the humanitarian situation to be resolved with utmost urgency.