Ex – president Uhuru Kenyatta is in the Democratic Republic of the Congo to confer with Felix Tsishekedi about bringing peace to the country’s troubled east.
On Sunday afternoon, Kenyatta was welcomed by Peter Mathuki, secretary-general of the East African Community, and other DRC government representatives at the Aeroport International De N’djili in Kinshasa.
During the two-day mission, the former head of state—who serves as the facilitator of the EAC-led peace process in Eastern DRC—will speak with President Tsidhekedi and significant local groups and leaders.
Everiste Ndayishimiye, president of Burundi and chair of the EAC Heads of States Summit, will take part in negotiations to halt the conflict between DRC military and M23 rebels.
The gathering occurs before the third round of peace negotiations, which will take place in Nairobi during the final week of November.
Following two rounds that brought together 30 representatives of the armed factions in the pursuit of peace, EAC previously stated that the Congolese government will restart discussions with armed groups in the Kenyan capital.
The International Conference on the Great Lakes Region, the African Union, and the heads of state from East Africa are meeting in Kinshasa to discuss reintegrating the M23 into the peaceful peace-making process.
Due to recent fighting with the FARDC (Armed Forces of the Democratic Republic of the Congo) during the initial negotiations in Kenya in April of this year, the rebels had been cut off from the negotiations.