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Uhuru Kenyatta expresses shock over DRC Congo opposition press statement in Nairobi

Former President Uhuru Kenyatta hit out at the DRC Congo Opposition Alliance over their press statement in Nairobi, Kenya.

Former President Uhuru Kenyatta has denounced the Nangaa-led Congo River Alliance after it held a presser in Nairobi.

The presser saw a group of Congolese opposition leaders teamed up with M23 rebels to announce the alliance.

In a statement on Monday, Former President Uhuru Kenyatta, the Facilitator of the East African Community (EAC) led the Nairobi Peace process, said he watched with shock and dismay at the developments of last Friday, the 15th of December 2023 in Nairobi, where individuals claiming to be pursuing the interest of greater peace and stability in the DRC initiated yet another political and military Alliance to challenge the legitimate political status quo in the DRC. 

“I repudiate these developments, particularly their military character, and the accompanying politically charged and provocative rhetoric,” he said.

“I restate my support for the US-brokered ceasefire and continue to seek its indefinite extension to facilitate the peace-building process, put an end to the senseless killing and suffering of the people of the eastern DRC, and set the stage for a resumption of the Nairobi peace process, and the brokering of lasting peace in the troubled region of the eastern DRC.”

New The Opposition Alliance whose formation was announced in Kenya has raised concern over the insecurity situation in DRC Congo which persisted for decades.

DRC Congo took issue with Kenya after the Nairobi presser as it recalled its ambassadors to Kenya and the East Africa Community.

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However, Kenya through the Prime Cabinet Secretary and Foreign Affairs Cabinet Secretary Musalia Mudavadi said the country had no hand in the organization and outcome of the presser.

“The Ministry of Foreign and Diaspora Affairs of the Republic of Kenya refers to press reports that some nationals of the Democratic Republic of Congo claiming association with rebel groups within DRC addressed a press conference in Nairobi and made statements that are prima facie inimical to the constitutional order of theDemocratic Republic of Congo,” Mudavadi said.

“The Ministry wishes to note that Kenya is an open and democratic state where freedom of the press is vouchsafed. As such, nationals and non-nationals may engage the Kenyan media without reference to the government.”

While commenting on the recalling of the Ambassador on Sunday, President William Ruto Kenya could not intervene as every country has its own democracy.

“If they (DRC) decide they want to recall their ambassador because a statement was issued in Nairobi that is their right,” he said at State House.

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