President Felix Tshisekedi is expected to Jet in to the Eastern region capital Goma earlier in preparation for the much anticipated Summit involving Rwanda, Uganda Burundi and the host DRC.
A source from the Congolese Presidency confirmed to Actualite a local online newspaper saying, “Tshisekedi will travel to Goma in the province of North Kivu on Tuesday, September 22.”
According to this source, President Tshisekedi will be able to stay in Goma until Friday and will participate by video conference in the mini-summit of heads of state of the Great Lakes region.
Meanwhile, on Sunday the Presidential plane carrying presidency staff suffered a technical glitch few minutes after takeoff. According to initial reports, the plane was able to land on the runway at N’djili airport and all passengers are safe and sound. The impact with the ground has not been fully mastered, but the situation is under control, a source said.
The entourage was traveling to the capital of North Kivu as part of the arrival of Félix Tshisekedi.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs Marie Ntumba Nzeza in a press release on Thursday announced that this Mini-summit will be held by videoconference.
Meanwhile,this mini-summit aims in particular to ease tensions between Uganda and Rwanda, on the one hand, and between Burundi and Rwanda on the other.
Since last year in March, Rwanda closed its borders with Uganda following arbitrary arrests, torture and detention without trial of Rwandans. Some would later be dumped at the border very sick, bearing wounds and broken limbs.
Uganda claims that most of these Rwandans are involved in espionage, interference and destabilization. During this mini-summit, the issue will be discussed. Both Rwandans and Ugandans are highly anticipating the opening of borders.
According to the Congolese Presidency, this Mini-summit will also explore matters of security, the economy, trade and covid-19 pandemic.
Also this mini-summit could evoke the Addis Ababa framework agreement. Agreement signed on February 24, 2013 with a view to stabilizing in particular the east of the Democratic Republic of Congo.