Published on: 23/09/2022 – 23:27 The President of the Democratic Republic of Congo explains that he wanted to launch a “cry of truth” and put an end to hypocrisy by denouncing at the United Nations platform “military aggression direct” Rwanda against his country. He claims to have relayed this same message during the interview he had in New York with Rwandan President Paul Kagame in the presence of French President Emmanuel Macron. He also discusses the electoral calendar and affirms that the presidential and legislative elections scheduled for December 2023 will take place on time. He says that commitments have been made for a withdrawal of the troops of the rebel group M23 from the town of Bunagana. But he adds that a precise timetable has not been established. He denounces as a “false excuse” Rwanda’s claims that the Rwandan Hutu rebels of the FDLR in the DRC are a danger. He explains that the East African regional military intervention force has begun to deploy in the east of the country to to fight against armed groups. He believes that the state of siege established in the provinces of Ituri and North Kivu is bringing results. Finally, he believes that the presidential and legislative elections scheduled for December 2023 will take place in due time. He accuses a “black hand” of acting in the shadows in order to destabilize the country and disturb the electoral process. He suggests that the recent arrest of General Philémon Yav is linked to destabilization operations, particularly in the west of the country. He refutes any intention to block the polls by appointing relatives to head the electoral commission and the Constitutional Court. He says he is confident of being re-elected.
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