PEACE AND SECURITY IN DR CONGO: East African Community Reaffirms Commitment To Restore Peace In Eastern Drc Through The Institutionalization Of EAC Regional Force Achievements

The East African Community (EAC) has reaffirmed its commitment to ongoing efforts to restore peace and stability to the eastern region of the Democratic Republic of the Congo. EAC Secretary General Hon....

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  • PEACE AND SECURITY IN DR CONGO: East African Community Reaffirms Commitment To Restore Peace In Eastern Drc Through The Institutionalization Of EAC Regional Force Achievements

    The East African Community (EAC) has reaffirmed its commitment to ongoing efforts to restore peace and stability to the eastern region of the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

    EAC Secretary General Hon. (Dr.) Peter Mathuki said that the lessons learned from the deployment of the EAC Regional Force (EACRF) present opportunities for the Community to strengthen its role as the primary guarantor of peace and security in the region through the Institutionalisation of the EACRF’s achievements.

    Dr. Mathuki said that the EAC will seek to strengthen its ability to respond to peace and security challenges of Partner States by the reinforcement of the successes of the regional force through the formulation of appropriate policies, guidelines, frameworks and instruments pegged on best global practices.

    “The development of key instruments will further enable the EAC to respond more effectively to regional peace and security challenges through holistic conflict management,” said Dr. Mathuki.

    “From this experience, the EAC has proven to be adaptable to handle security challenges and can be relied on as an able partner to respond to complex conflicts affecting the region.

    Dr. Mathuki was speaking at the EAC Headquarters in Arusha, Tanzania during the hand-over ceremony of the flag by the EACRF following the end of the peacekeeping mission to DRC on 21st December 2023.

    The Secretary General hailed the EACRF members as gallant soldiers who had put their lives on the line for the sake of ordinary East Africans residing in eastern DRC, adding that the peacekeeping mission had been highly successful despite some challenges it faced on the ground.

    The EACRF Force Commander, Major General Aphaxard Muthuri Kiugu, handed over the flag to the Secretary General.

    Speaking at the event, Major. Gen. Kiugu said that the mission had registered various successes key among them the protection of civilians, a core function of the mandate that was achieved through the facilitation of the ceasefire between the DRC Armed Forces (FARDC) and the M23 rebel group.

    Maj. Gen. Kiugu said that the partial opening of the main supply routes of Goma-Rutshuru, Bunagana-Rutshuru, Sake-Mushake and Sake-Kitchanga-Mweso, enable the free movement of goods and persons.

    “Further, EACRF deployment helped defuse direct physical threat to Goma and Sake towns,” said the Force Commander.

    “The sum effect of these actions was the gradual return of internally displaced persons to their homes, especially in Sake, Kirolirwe, Kitchanga and Mweso, within Masisi territory and in Kibumba, Rumangabo, Kiwanja and Bunagana in Nyiragongo and Rutshuru territories.

    Maj. Gen. Kiugu further said that humanitarian agencies’ activities increased with close collaboration between EACRF and humanitarian organisations such as Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF), World Food Programme (WFP) and the International Committee of the Red Cross/Crescent (ICRC).

    “Additionally, EACRF through coordinated Civil-Military Cooperation activities was able to offer limited humanitarian assistance to the local population in their areas of deployment, including medical care and casualty evacuation.

  • SMOOTHENING REGIONAL TRADE: EAC Secretariat Is Set To Conduct A High-Level Border Sensitization Mission To Review One-Stop Border Posts

    The East African Community (EAC) Secretariat is set to conduct a high-level sensitization mission at selected borders within the region aimed at reviewing the performance of the various One-Stop Border Posts (OSBPs).

    Scheduled to commence on 9th April, 2024, the mission underscores the EAC's commitment to fostering cooperation, enhancing trade facilitation, and improving cross-border procedures.

    The primary objective of the mission is to follow up on the performance of OSBPs, identify areas for improvement, and assess the implementation of agreed action plans.

    Through engagement with various stakeholders including Officers in Charge of the OSBPs; customs, immigration, standards, and port health officers; as well as representatives of other border agencies, cross-border traders, and local government authorities, the EAC Secretariat aims to address challenges and streamline processes at these critical facilities.

    Selected borders and mission dates are as follows:

    • Nimule/Elegu, South Sudan side – 9th April, 2024
    • Mutukula/Mutukula, Uganda side – 12th April, 2024
    • Rusumo/Rusumo, Rwanda side – 15th April, 2024
    • Kobero/Kabanga, Burundi side – 16th April, 2024
    • Namanga/Namanga, Tanzania – 19th April, 2024

    The mission will take place at the respective OSBPs ensuring comprehensive coverage and engagement.

    The EAC Secretariat underscores the significance of continuous sensitization and capacity-building efforts at EAC borders. Similar missions are planned for other OSBPs in the months of June and July 2024, reaffirming the commitment to enhancing awareness and compliance with cross-border procedures.

  • Uganda’s Museveni, Kenya’s Uhuru Kenyatta Meet To Discuss Regional Peace

    President Yoweri Museveni and the former president of Kenya, Uhuru Kenyatta, who is the Facilitator of the East African Community (EAC) - led Nairobi Peace Process on Wednesday met at State House in Entebbe, Uganda, to discuss the regional mandate alongside recent developments in Eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).

    Leaders of the EAC member states are trying everything in their means to end insurgencies in DRC. Recently, the EAC has reaffirmed its commitment to ongoing efforts to restore peace and stability to the eastern region of the DRC.

    The EAC Secretary General (Dr.) Peter Mathuki said that the lessons learned from the deployment of the EAC Regional Force (EACRF) present opportunities for the Community to strengthen its role as the primary guarantor of peace and security in the region through the Institutionalisation of the EACRF’s achievements.