Peace has to come within you, Uhuru tells DRC
East African Community (EAC) Peace Facilitator Uhuru Kenyatta has commended armed groups that stopped hostilities after the Nairobi Process 1 and urged the people of the DRC to uphold peace within their own communities.
Speaking during the Official opening of the Third Inter-Congolese Consultations of the Nairobi Peace Process, the former President said stakeholders will do whatever it took to ensure peace and stability in the DRC, that had been torn apart by war
“I urge all participants to give support to this process and look forward to opportunities of bolstering peace,” Kenyatta said.
“Peace will not be found from others, it has to come from you. Accept that the nation is yours and that you want peace so that the DR-Congo’s wealth will benefit you,” he added.
Kenyatta said the main goals of the Nairobi Peace Process are to identify the primary causes of the conflict and create conditions that will encourage armed groups to disarm.
He added that they would assess concrete modernizations to reinstate state institutions in the affected areas, consolidate community support, address political and armed groups’ integration back into society, and identify political processes and institutional processes.
Additionally, the former Head of State requested that other EAC members send troops to support the DRC forces.
The Nairobi Process, spearheaded by the EAC Heads of State, aims to quicken regional initiatives already underway to bring about lasting security and peace in Eastern DRC.
The peace talks reaffirm the commitment of the Heads of State of the EAC; the Great Lakes region and Africa at large, to finding lasting solutions to the security challenges in the Eastern DRC.