Tanzania: EAC Heads of State Summit held in Arusha, Rwanda's Kagame, DRC's Tshisekedi, S/Sudan's Kiir absent
The Rwandan President did not travel to Arusha (Tanzania) where the 22nd ordinary summit of Heads of State of the East African Community (EAC) opens this Thursday, July 21. .
Like his Congolese counterpart, Felix Tshisekedi, who dispatched the chief executive of his country, Paul Kagame was represented by his Prime Minister, Edouard Ngirente. The latter was welcomed on his arrival by the EAC Secretary General, Peter Mutuku Mathuki. According to some analysts, the two heads of state, cold, would have avoided meeting during these meetings.
The tension between the DRC and Rwanda is still not weakening despite the roadmap signed in Luanda, Angola. Kinshasa accuses Kigali of supporting the M23 rebels who occupied the city of Bunagana in the province of North Kivu. This issue could be tackled in Arusha. Meanwhile, the EAC is preparing to deploy a regional force in eastern DRC to restore peace.
This initiative is rejected by several political and civil society organizations in the DRC, fearing the aggravation of the situation following the participation of the countries at the base of destabilization in the eastern part of the Congo.
Among the Heads of State who made the trip to Arusha, there is Yoweri Museveni from Uganda, Evariste Ndayishimiye from Burundi, Hassan Sheikh Mohamud from Somalia (special guest of the summit) and Uhuru Kenyatta from Kenya. In addition, the South Sudanese President, Salva Kiir was also represented by the minister in charge of presidential affairs.
SOURCE: Afriqu'actu (Translated from French)