Protect DRC natural resources, EAC speakers urged

Protect DRC natural resources, EAC speakers urged
CEPO’s Edmund Yakani in a recent press conference. [File photo]

The Executive Director of Community Empowerment for Progress Organization, Edmund Yakani, appealed to the speakers of the East African Community planning to meet in South Sudan to focus on the conflict in the DRC.

The 16th meeting of the Bureau of the East African Community Speakers started yesterday in Juba, South Sudan.

The meeting that brought all speakers of the EAC together was conducted under the theme “for a peaceful and all-inclusive community.”

According to the statement seen by The City Review, Yakani said there is a need for the East African member states to put efforts together and shield the Democratic Republic of the Congo from exploitation.

“We hope that the presence of EAC forces in the DRC should not translate into forces that are going to loot the natural resources of the DRC,” Yakani said.

He appealed to the speakers to follow up with their home forces to ensure that the motion in the DRC benefits the people of Congo as a member state of the bloc.

“Members of EAC who have forces in DRC to take the primary responsibility of bringing peace to DRC are members of EAC, but you cannot say we are integrated when some of us (EAC members) are doing negative things towards our community, and DRC is the case,” Yakani said.

He appealed to the speakers to ensure that sensitive issues affecting the community are discussed and solutions are developed to bring peace.

In April, the East Africa Community (EAC) completed the deployment of its regional forces in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) to oversee the withdrawal of the rebel group, M23, from the eastern part of the country.

The last contingent was made up of South Sudanese soldiers who joined troops from Kenya, Burundi and Uganda.

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