President Yoweri Museveni has received the United Nation’s Assistant Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations for Africa, Bintou Keita and discussed political, peace and security matters affecting the Great Lakes countries of the DR Congo, Burundi and Somalia among others.
During the consultative meeting held at State House Entebbe yesterday (Wednesday) that was attended by the Speaker of Parliament Rebecca Kadaga and the Minister for Foreign Affairs Sam Kutesa, President Museveni was concerned that the problems of instability in the Eastern region of the Democratic Republic of Congo has now stretched to Mozambique, yet the area is occupied by the UN forces.
“Available reports indicate that there are increasing massacres of local people by armed groups and the UN seems unconcerned about what is happening there”, he said.
Early this year, the UN Refugee Agency warned that violence in eastern parts of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) displaced thousands of people and could unleash terrible consequences for the country as it grapples to initiate a new fight against the deadly coronavirus. More than five million people have been uprooted by conflict within the DRC’s borders, the single-largest internally displaced population in Africa according to reports. The country also hosts over half a million refugees, fleeing unrest and persecution in the neighbouring countries.
President Museveni noted that the political problems of Eastern DRC are conceptual and also ideological in the sense that the political leaders have failed to have dialogue with locals and the UN intervention has failed to provide protection of the indigenous people being attacked by the terrorists.
“Terrorists have had an upper hand in the Eastern RDC for a long time, which is not fair neither correct,” he said.
Museveni agreed with the envoy that the UN idea of establishing a concept of community policing during the peace process is crucial for reconstruction of state authority.
The UN Envoy Bintou Keita assured the president of the UN’s new approach to address the peace process in the DRC that involves community policing and a contingency of a UN force comprising 50 percent of African troops to handle the situation in DRC.
Bintou commended the government of Uganda for her contribution towards peace and stability in the region saying that it has played its role as a UN member State.
On the political situation in Burundi, both President Museveni who is the Chairman of Burundi peace process negotiations and the UN Envoy concurred that Burundi deserves to be supported to attain political cohesion and integration to recover its development under the new leadership.