DRC: Will Kenya come to the rescue of eastern Congo?

By Musinguzi Blanshe
Posted on Thursday, 28 July 2022 12:42

Kenya's President Kenyatta and DRC's President Tshisekedi in Nairobi in 2019 (photo: twitter)

The Democratic Republic of Congo is hoping that Kenya will come to the rescue in the increasingly restive eastern Congo, but Nairobi appears too preoccupied with its own elections next month to make much difference in the short term.

Amid growing tensions with Rwanda, Congolese President Félix Tshisekedi is counting on Kenya to lead a peace initiative and a regional force that is supposed to be deployed to eastern Congo. For now, however, there are no signs that deployment is imminent.

Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta, who has taken the lead on the DRC peace issue, is already bidding farewell as he awaits the election of his successor. The contest pits veteran politician Raila Odinga against Deputy President William Ruto, neither of whom has discussed foreign policy much during their campaigns, and their stance on the deployment remains unclear.