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Kenya calls for immediate deployment of regional force to eastern Congo

Kenya calls for immediate deployment of regional force to eastern Congo

KENYA'S President Uhuru Kenyatta on called for the immediate deployment of a new regional military force to try to stop rebel violence in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo. The seven countries of the East African Community (EAC), which Congo joined this year, agreed in April to set up a joint force but had not specified when it might be deployed. "The East African Regional Force shall be deployed to the Ituri, North Kivu and South Kivu provinces immediately to stabilize the zone and enforce peace in support of the DRC security forces and in close coordination with MONUSCO (UN…
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East African Community agrees on regional force to try to end Congo unrest

East African Community agrees on regional force to try to end Congo unrest

HEREWARD HOLLAND THE seven countries of the East African Community (EAC) have agreed to set up a regional military force to try to end decades of bloodshed caused by militant activity in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, Kenya said. Despite billions of dollars spent on one of the United Nation's largest peacekeeping forces, more than 120 rebel groups continue to operate across large swathes of east Congo almost two decades after the official end of the central African country's civil wars The EAC, which Congo joined last month, called on local armed groups to join a political process to resolve…
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DRC is set to become 7th member of the east Africa trading bloc: what’s in it for everyone

DRC is set to become 7th member of the east Africa trading bloc: what’s in it for everyone

SHORTLY after his controversial electoral victory in early 2019, the President of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) Felix Tshisekedi sought to get his country admitted into the East African Community. Recently, the East African Community ministers recommended the DRC’s admission, a decision set to be formalised by the bloc’s presidents when they meet on 29 March. Regional integration expert Jonathan Ang'ani Omuchesi discusses key points of the decision. Author JONATHAN ANG'ANI OMUCHESI, Lecturer In Governance and Regional Integration, Catholic University of Eastern Africa What’s the state of East African Community integration? East African Community is one of the most…
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