By Francis Lubega
22nd June 2022
The Parliamentary Leader of Opposition– LoP Mathias Mpuuga has questioned the relevance of the East African Community – EAC in pacifying member states following the repeated anarchy in the Democratic Republic of Congo –DRC.
On April 8th, 2022, DRC signed the Treaty of accession becoming the youngest member of the EAC bloc, a regional group comprising Tanzania, Kenya, Burundi, Rwanda, South Sudan, and Uganda.
Mpuuga argues that the renewed mayhem in the Eastern DRC is being orchestrated by multiple armed groups terrorizing civilians and hampering the restoration of long-term peace while the EAC has continued to look on helplessly.
Mpuuga has rallied the East Africans to evaluate the EAC mandate, describing it as a ‘stocking shop’ being exploited by political merchants for selfish gains.
Mpuuga said that while they don’t want to sound ‘unnecessarily controversial’ following the accusations of DRC against Rwanda for undermining her sovereignty and fuelling internal conflict, the Opposition will continue to monitor the developments in the war-ravaged country.