Goma, September 14th, 2022 (CPA).- The national president of the Union for the Congolese Nation (UNC), Vital Kamerhe, expressed concern about the security situation in the eastern provinces of DRC following the abuses committed by armed groups, including the March 23rd Movement (M23) supported by Rwandan forces, in its meeting on Monday at the Afia Stadium in Goma, capital of North Kivu province.
Vital Kamerhe, who is touring the east of the country, a first after his acquittal in the so-called « 100 days » trial, is shocked by the incessant wars in this part of DRC, which prompted him to make this trip. aimed, according to him, at consolidating peace and comforting the victim populations.
« I didn’t come to talk politics, I wouldn’t say a word about politics. I cannot discuss politics in front of a people who are suffering from the horrors of war. I could not do politics as long as the blood of our compatriots is shed. My message is one of comfort, of hope for a return to peace throughout North Kivu and all the other provinces affected by these armed conflicts,” he said.
The national president of the UNC called on the Congolese people to unite around the armed forces of the Democratic Republic of Congo (FARDC) to defend the territorial integrity of this country which is suffering from the aggression of the armed forces of Rwanda.
He also said he was worried to see the city of Bunagana remain under the control of a terrorist group, with the support of a regular army, and in the presence of the forces of the UN mission which he invited to play his part well. role on Congolese soil.
For the release of Bunagana
Speaking to M23, Vital Kamerhe said, “I know you are following me now. If you are really Congolese as you often say, I ask you to lay down your arms. I ask you to release Bunagana and lay down your arms. It is time to advocate peace, after more than a decade of misery”.
Speaking of the diplomatic tension between Kinshasa and Kigali following the support of Paul Kagame’s country to the M23 rebels, Vital Kamerhe invited the Congolese population to calm and peaceful coexistence.
The former chief of staff of the President of the Republic, Felix Antoine Tshisekedi continued his tour on Tuesday, in the territory of Masisi.
Here, he was welcomed by the population who came by the thousands, in the pouring rain.
He is expected next Thursday in Bukavu, in the province of South Kivu.