When head of Uganda’s land forces, General Muhoozi Kainerugaba, threatened to over-run Kenya within two weeks, he later dismissed it as a joke, and teased Kenyans for not having a sense of humour.
However, things seem to have taken on a more serious note. Just days after the Kenya Defence Forces landed in the Democratic Republic of Congo to help the besieged government fight the M23 rebels, Muhoozi has described the rebels as his brothers and warned that danger awaits however fights them. He claimed that M23 aren’t bad people but in fact well-meaning soldiers defending the oppressed Tutsis. His tweet read,
As for M23, I think it is very, very dangerous for anybody to fight those brothers of ours. They are NOT terrorists! They are fighting for the rights of Tutsi in DRC.
The decision to send Kenyan troops was endorsed and adopted by regional leaders at the third East African Community (EAC) Heads of State Conclave on Peace and Security in Eastern DRC held in Nairobi in June 2022.
The security situation in the eastern part of DRC has been deteriorating with hundreds of residents forced to flee their homes. Fighting between the DRC army and the M23 rebels has revived hostility between the DRC and Rwanda.
The EAC has called for a ceasefire in order to provide solutions for peace and stability in the region.
“Every society deserves the opportunity to experience peace and safety. Without peace, human freedom is in jeopardy and without security, opportunities remain a mirage and unattainable,” President Ruto said during the handover at Embakasi Garrison, Nairobi.
Ruto expressed confidence that the team led by Colonel Daniel Rotich, Commander of the Kenyan contingent to the East Africa Community Regional Force (EACRF) was up to the task, as it seeks to quell violence in the conflict-hit region.
The president said that the mission was necessary and crucial as it “sends a signal to the world of Kenya’s commitment to performing its obligations by contributing to the achievement and maintenance of peace and stability in the EAC region.”
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