DRC – Rwanda: Can Félix Tshisekedi and Paul Kagame still choose peace?

By Romain Gras
Posted on Thursday, 9 June 2022 18:15

Rwandan President Paul Kagame and his Congolese counterpart Félix Tshisekedi © Paul Kagame/Flickr
Rwandan President Paul Kagame and his Congolese counterpart Félix Tshisekedi © Paul Kagame/Flickr

After three years of cooperation, the two presidents are at odds over the M23 rebellion, which Kinshasa believes is supported by Kigali. On 5 June, the Congolese head of state publicly challenged his Rwandan counterpart for the first time.

Paul Kagame and Félix Tshisekedi had promised to “build bridges and not walls” between their two countries. “Problems in Rwanda often become problems in the DRC and vice versa. We cannot solve them alone,” the Rwandan president said while meeting his Congolese counterpart for the second time on 26 March 2019 in Kigali. “Our countries will remain neighbours for life […]. Going to war is a waste of time,” Tshisekedi said.

A fever pitch