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AFRICA: Controversial rapprochement between Rwanda and the DRC.


Long scrambled, Kigali and Kinshasa began a diplomatic, but also a security rapprochement. An initiative which is not unanimous in the two countries linked by a conflict which led to the death of many Congolese citizens.

A single photo, taken on December 8, 2019, was enough to unleash the passions. On the picture, the Congolese president Félix Tshisekedi, all smiles, next to his Rwandan counterpart Paul Kagamé, during the Kusi Ideas Festival in Kigali. A photo which, as of its publication on the social networks, caused a wave of comments.

Among the first to feel frustrated, Seth Kikuni, the youngest of the Congolese presidential candidates of December 2018. The latter says he is indignant because we must not forget the families of the victims who fell in the east of the country since 1996 according to him. A view shared by many others, to the point of compelling Kasongo Mwena Yamba, the spokesman for the Congolese presidency, to intervene to put an end to the various agitations which were beginning to take another turn.

Recall that the year 1996 marks the first Congo War, a conflict during which Zairian President Mobutu Sese Seko was ousted from power by rebels supported by countries such as Rwanda, Angola and Uganda. It was afterwards that the rebel leader Laurent-desired Kabila took power and changed the name of the country to the Democratic Republic of Congo.