Former Prime Minister and Congolese opponent Adolphe Muzito on Monday called Kinshasa to « wage war on Rwanda » and even « annex it » to end the violence that has bloodied the east of the Democratic Republic of Congo for 25 years.
“We must wage war in Rwanda to restore peace in the region. Rwanda influences Congolese politics. Uganda too, « said Muzito at a press conference in Kinshasa.
« We can only make peace by threatening Rwanda, by occupying its territory, if possible annexing Rwanda » to the DRC, he added.
AFP was unable to immediately reach the government spokesman for a reaction.
Prime Minister from 2007 to 2012, Mr. Muzito has held the rotating presidency of Lamuka, the main opposition political platform in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, since the beginning of December.
The DRC was ravaged by two regional wars (1996-1997 and 1998-2003). The country has a jagged relationship with its neighbors in Rwanda and Uganda. The DRC accuses these two countries of wanting to destabilize it, when the latter consider the DRC as the rear base of militias hostile to their regimes.
For a quarter of a century, the eastern part of the country (mainly the Kivu and Ituri regions) has been plagued by insecurity due to the presence of dozens of local and foreign armed groups.
Pooling the fight against armed groups and militias
Among these are the Ugandan militias of the Allied Democratic Forces (ADF), the Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Rwanda (FDLR) or the Burundian rebels of the National Liberation Forces (FNL). These groups are accused of numerous crimes in the DRC.
In October, Congolese President Félix Tshisekedi visited Kampala, where he and his counterpart Yoweri Museveni discussed the strategic issue of fighting armed groups in eastern DRC.
The warming of relations with Kampala had been preceded in March-April by the re-establishment of good neighborly ties with Rwanda.
Kinshasa and its neighbors announced at the end of October that they wanted to pool their efforts to fight armed groups and militias in the Great Lakes region.
On Saturday, a group of 71 Rwandan rebels defeated by the Congolese army, and nearly 1,500 of their relatives, were repatriated to Rwanda from the Congolese province of South Kivu.