DRC Summons Kenyan Envoy, Recalls Ambassador in Nairobi

Kenyan President William Ruto receiving his Congolese counterpart, Felix Tshisekedi in Nairobi on September 12, 2022, ahead of Ruto's inauguration as Kenyan leader

The Kenyan ambassador to the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) faced a summons from Kinshasa on Saturday morning concerning the formation of a political-military coalition with the M23 rebels and other armed groups in Nairobi on Friday.

The envoy is expected to clarify Nairobi’s position and explain why it permitted the launch of this coalition in Nairobi, especially considering former Kenyan leader Uhuru Kenyatta’s leadership in the Nairobi process aimed at brokering lasting peace in eastern Congo.

Congolese Communications Minister Patrick Muyaya strongly condemned the launch on Friday evening during a media address in Kinshasa, emphasizing that this “action will have consequences.”

“Kenya owes us an explanation. How can a country we work with accommodate subversive activities?” expressed an irate Muyaya.

The coalition was launched by Corneille Nangaa, the former head of the electoral commission in Congo. Standing alongside him in a Nairobi hotel was M23 “president” Bertrand Bisimwa, a presence that irked the Kinshasa government.

Kinshasa on Sunday evening also recalled their envoy in Nairobi, John Nyakeru Kalunga for consultation over the issue.

As of now, Nairobi has not commented on these developments.

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