DR Congo Accuses East African Forces of Cohabitating With Rebels

The president of the Democratic Republic of Congo has accused East African forces deployed to fight rebels in his country of working with the enemy. Felix Tshisekedi made the remarks during a visit to Botswana, where he welcomed the planned deployment of Southern African forces as a replacement.

The President said he is also concerned over Kenya's decision to appoint a replacement commander for the regional forces, without consulting authorities in Kinshasa. This came after the commander of the East African forces, Kenyan General Jeff Nyagah, abruptly quit the DRC mission at the end of April.

Fierce fighting has raged for years in the North Kivu province of DRC, with more than 100 armed groups battling for valuable mineral resources.


UN peacekeepers serving with MONUSCO patrol close to Beni town, in North Kivu, Democratic Republic of the Congo (file photo).

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