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Without political will on the part of Congolese leaders, there is no end in sight to incessant conflicts

While delivering his address at the 77th UN General Assembly in New York, President Kagame articulated that the right diagnosis for the incessant conflicts in the Democratic Republic of Congo is a critical lack of political will (on the part of DRC).

But, once again, this critical deficiency of political will was on open display when Congolese Felix Tshisekedi took to the podium at the 77th UN General Assembly, and spent most of his allocated time blaming Rwanda for the woes of his country. Not even one sentence in his speech pointed at his failures, and the Congolese leadership in general, as the cause of his country’s problems.

Contrary to Tshisekedi’s unsubstantiated accusations, Rwanda on the other hand has shown political maturity, good neighborliness, and goodwill by graciously accepting to participate in talks geared towards bringing peace to the region, even though you would have expected Rwanda to leave Congo to its own devices. Despite the demonstration of ill will by the Congolese leadership who have persisted in tarnishing Rwanda’s image on the global stage, the Rwandans have always availed themselves whenever called upon to take part in any process that signaled hope for peace in the region.

However, despite all the different efforts by the region and the international community, Congolese leaders have remained adamantly fixated on blaming Rwanda for problems that are entirely internal and should be theirs to solve. The Congolese leaders have ignored the magnitude of the problems facing their country, and chosen to highlight just a fraction that they have exhaustively exploited for self-destructive political gain.

For some reason, Congolese leaders believe that blame games have the magic powers to make their problems disappear. Instead, blame games will only escalate the conflict, which will usher the entire region into unnecessary turmoil.

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