DR Congo army chief Celestin Mbala arrives in Rwanda after M23 attack

DR Congo Armed Forces Chief of General Staff, Celestin Mbala at RDF Headquarters, in Rwanda [Image: courtesy]
Following constant conflict witnessed in the border of DR Congo and Rwanda in recent days, The DR Congo Armed Forces (FARDC) Chief of General Staff, Gen. Celestin Mbala Munsese, on Wednesday, November 10, began an official visit to Rwanda where he is holding discussions cemented at the regional security situation and the fight against terrorist groups, with his Rwandan counterparts.

General Mbala and his delegation on Wednesday held bilateral discussions with the Rwanda Defence Force Chief of Defence Staff Gen Jean-Bosco Kazura at RDF Headquarters, Kimihurura.

“Our delegation is here to discuss a framework of plans established with our neighbouring countries in dealing with terrorist groups and other transitional threats. This conforms to recommendation from the African Union to combine effort in fighting threats that hinder our collective development,” Gen Mbala said.

General Mbala added that the discussions also looked ta mutual effort to prevent negative forces operating “along our boarders in a bid to strengthen our relationships towards the mutual development of our people.”

Gen Mbala’s visit comes two days after an armed group believed to be ex-M23 rebels, on November 7, crossed into DR Congo “from Ugandan territory where it is based, and attacked and occupied the villages of Tshanzu and Runyoni,”

According to the RDF, any reports from the media or by officials in the region that the ex-M23 armed group originated or retreated to Rwanda, is propaganda aimed at undermining the good relations between Rwanda and DRC.

On the allegations that M23 elements conducted the attack on DR Congo territory from Rwanda and Ugnada, Gen Mbala said: “We have opted to give time to the expanded joint verification mechanism (EJFM) to do its work and give us precisions on the situation.”

The two villages Tshanzu and Runyoni, were the last redoubts of the M23 before they were chased by Congolese and UN forces into Uganda and Rwanda, in 2013.