A delegation of the East African Community Regional Force (EACRF), Armed Forces of the Democratic Republic of Congo (FARDC) and the Ad Hoc Verification Mechanism visited Kibumba on Monday, 12 December 2022 to assess the progress of ongoing joint operations between EACRF and FARDC against armed groups in Eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).
EACRF Commander Major General Jeff Nyagah accompanied by the 3rd Zone Commander Lieutenant General Marcel Mbangu, head of the Ad Hoc Verification Mechanism Lieutenant General Nassone João and the Deputy Chief of Staff in charge of operations Major General Shiko Tambwe noted positive strides in the joint operations by the deployed forces.
The leaders reiterated the need for the armed groups to cease hostilities against innocent civilians saying it is unacceptable for the local population to continue suffering in their own country.
“There is nothing that justifies killing a fellow human being and no one has a right to take life. It is unacceptable. Our resolve remains to jointly protect the people of Eastern DRC against the armed groups for peace and stability to prevail as well as protect and assist in the delivery of humanitarian assistance and resettlement of Internally Displaced Persons,” said Major General Nyagah.
Similar sentiments were shared by the delegation, who urged the factions committing atrocities to emulate the armed groups who have agreed to lay down their arms as per the outcome of the Nairobi III process of the Inter-Congolese consultations.
EACRF continues to engage state and non-state actors in the ongoing peace and stability efforts in Eastern DRC and appreciated the support it continues to receive from the local population.