Yakani calls on Kiir to pursue solution for DRC crisis

Yakani calls on Kiir to pursue solution for DRC crisis

The Executive Director of the Community Empowerment for Progress Organisation, Edmund Yakani, urged President Kiir to commission a “genuinely inclusive approach to the political crisis in the Eastern DRC.”

The call came after the East African Community Regional Forces stationed in the Eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo began their withdrawal on Sunday after their mandates were not renewed.   

Edmund Yakani said that it was a positive response of the regional forces to the timely withdrawal.

“The mandate of the regional forces is not clearly defined, and the contributing countries for the forces have double standards practises in Eastern DRC too,” Yakani said.

According to Yakani, there is a need to engage Eastern DRC stakeholders at the centre of the process for seeking durable solutions. This requires President Salva Kiir to approach the heads of state of EAC member states to re-evaluate their conduct.  

“Holding regional strategic dialogue on regional peace and security should be one of the top priorities of President Salva Kiir, chair of the EAC,” he said.

“As civil society leaders, we are ready at the regional level to engage effectively and adequately contribute to making the regional dialogue on peace and security for EAC conducted successfully. I will propose that Juba be the host venue for the dialogue.” Mr. Yakani stressed.

 East Africa Community (EAC) is a growing entity with a threatening situation of peace and security. Some member states, such as the DRC and Somalia, are battling internal insurgencies.

The DRC leadership refused to renew the mandate of the regional forces, arguing that the regional forces are ineffective in bringing stability to the Eastern DRC.

President Kiir assumed the chairmanship of the EAC heads of state summit last week, taking over from his Burundian counterpart, Evariste Ndayishimiye, for the next year.