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Kinshasa complemented Museveni’s message of unity and cooperation

On February 24th, 2022, at roughly 12:00 Central African Time, President Museveni arrived at Ndjili International Airport onboard the Ugandan presidential Gulfstream carrier, amid distant action between the Ugandan Army and the ragged ADF.

Former Prime Minister John Patrick Amama Mbabazi, who recently took the new job as Head of the African Global Security Foundation, a continental security think-tank, was with President Museveni.

After a brief exchange of pleasantries, the Ugandan entourage was driven through Kinshasa’s Central Business District to the African Union Village, which was located above the Presidential Palace, or “White House” as it was dubbed by some.

The key to igniting the 10th Heads of State Summit of the Regional Oversight Mechanism of the Addis Ababa Framework Agreement, which was now on the agenda, was President Museveni, and eight Heads of State had arrived.

President Museveni was in charge of the Regional Oversight Mechanism (ROM), which he was about to give over to host president H.E Felix Antoine Tshilombo Tshisekedi.

The summit’s schedule (ROM)
The first gathering of this kind took place in Addis Ababa nine years ago (on May 26, 2013), when H.E Tshisekedi was not yet in office.

However, 11 countries concerned about a never-ending cycle of conflict escalating from the Eastern DRC and engulfing neighboring countries gathered and inked a cooperation agreement to promote peace and security in the region.

Uganda, Rwanda, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, South Africa, Tanzania, the Central African Republic, Zambia, Burundi, South Sudan, and Angola were among the countries represented. In 2014, Kenya and Sudan were added to the mix.

The summit took place just days after a coup attempt in the host country against H.E. Tshisekedi, the country’s first democratically elected president since 1960.

Following the coup attempt, H.E. Tshisekedi’s government confirmed evidence of a “severe security danger” by arresting long-serving security advisor Francois Beya 67, who is suspected of “doing something fresh in the absence of the Head of State.”

The coup attempt is only a small part of Congo’s problems because it occurred on the sidelines of a loud battle in the Eastern region between the Armed Forces of the Democratic Republic of Congo (FARDC) and the UPDF on one end and the terrorist outfit ADF on the other. The mission has been dubbed Operation Shuja and has been successful.

While the UPDF’s position in DRC is contingent on the ADF’s actions, which culminated in the Kampala twin bombings last year, the basic goal remains the same.

As previously stated by UPDF’s Col James Kasule, the eventual consequence would undoubtedly be long-term peace for both nations and their peoples.

President Museveni reaffirmed his words, saying that the operation’s ultimate goal is to “uproot them (ADF).”

“All we want to do is eliminate the ADF.” “They are not a huge concern if the DRC administration works with us,” President Museveni stated.

Museveni delivers a rallying cry for international cooperation.

When he took the podium, President Museveni was blunt about the status of the Regional Oversight Mechanism, admitting that the project he had overseen as chairperson had been stymied by a slew of obstacles, resulting in its inability to function thus far.

He identified four reasons for the ROM’s reluctance, the most notable of which was a lack of coordination amongst states.

“I want to notify you that the mechanism has not worked properly for four reasons,” Museveni stated, citing the imported fake ideology of exclusion and sectarianism, the region’s handling of security, a lack of cooperation, insufficient infrastructure, and a lack of social-economic transformation as examples.

President Museveni is convinced that the origins of all the conflict stem from certain groups preaching pseudo-ideological politics; strangely, such groups are not from the Great Lakes Region but take joy in creating confusion.

“We’ve known the folks who dwell around the Great Lakes from time immemorial. Those who dwell in the grasslands, mountains, and forests, but some have been pushing a phony exclusionary worldview. This is what wreaked havoc in Rwanda, Burundi, and other countries.”

He reflected on the solidarity and collaboration displayed by earlier African leaders such as Mwalimu (Julius) Nyerere, who he claimed faced much greater security challenges than those present today.

“There must be something lacking because, even though we have stronger ability today, clearer views, and better means than our forefathers, they fought bigger wars and won because of Unity and Cooperation,” Museveni stated.

“After defeating Ian Smith in Zimbabwe, Africans went on to overcome whites in South Africa and Namibia. In Africa in 1974, we defeated the whole Portuguese army. He wondered aloud, “How can we suddenly fail to overcome ragtag gangs like the ADF?”

President Museveni praised H.E Tshisekedi for allowing a cooperative framework with Uganda to combat the “little problem of ADF” in the same breath.

“I can assure you that if we work together, there is no security challenge in Africa that we cannot solve.” “I’m telling you this because I’m aware of it,” Museveni stated emphatically.

Denis Sassou-Nguesso, President of the Republic of Congo Brazzaville, and Ali Bongo Odimba were among those in attendance (Gabon)

Jose Eduardos Santos, President of Angola, Cyril Ramaphosa, President of South Africa, Cyril Ramaphosa, President of Burundi, Évariste Ndayishimiye, and UN Undersecretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations, Jean-Pierre Lacroix.

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