The audacity of Congolese ruler Félix Tshisekedi’s propaganda campaign knows no bounds. While the DRC’s citizens yearn for stability and peace, Tshisekedi’s recent propaganda against his manufactured “Rwanda aggression” has taken center stage, diverting attention from the very real challenges of insecurity currently plaguing the DRC.
While Tshisekedi points fingers at Rwanda, he conveniently neglects to acknowledge the ongoing conflict between the Teke and Yaka communities, which originated in Kwamouth in June 2022 and spread to other provinces Kwilu and Kwango, before reaching Kinshasa, particularly in the plateau of Bateke and the commune of Maluku. Equally problematic is Tshisekedi’s reluctance to address the presence of criminal groups like the Kuluna and Wewa, further exacerbating the deteriorating security situation. These groups operate with impunity, engaging in acts of arson and specifically targeting Congolese and their properties.
The loss of innocent lives is the unfortunate reality that Tshisekedi conveniently overlooks in his narrative of Rwanda’s aggression. Within this volatile setting, the presence of the “Mobondo” militia further adds to the chaos and instability. Recent clashes between the army and the “Mobondo” militia in Mongata (Kinshasa) and Batshongo (Kwango) have resulted in the deaths of at least hundreds of innocents’ lives. In fact, the conflict’s toll on human lives has already exceeded 300, according to Human Rights Watch.
Moreover, a recent conflict has emerged in Kisangani (Tshopo) between the Mbole and Lengola communities in the urban-rural commune of Lubunga. In less than a month, the confrontation has claimed the lives of around 40 individuals, with several others reported missing. These events serve as poignant reminders of the internal fractures and tensions that persist within the DRC. Yet, in the face of such dire circumstances, Tshisekedi’s propaganda campaign against Rwanda’s aggression attempts to deflect attention away from these internal conflicts happening under his watch.
By incessantly peddling the narrative of “Rwanda aggression”, Tshisekedi seeks to evade accountability for the internal security challenges that continue to plague the DRC. But in the end, the Congolese people deserve better than him. They deserve a leader who takes responsibility for the internal security challenges and works tirelessly to ensure their safety and well-being.
Building on alleged “Rwanda aggression” as a catch-all explanation may be a convenient distraction, but it does nothing to address the bleak reality faced by the people of the DRC.