Officers from the UN, Rwandan and Congolese Joint Verification Mission tour a part of the Rwandan border on June 12, 2014 after the armies of the two countries clashed. FILE PHOTO | AFP
Last week, at least 72 people were killed in renewed fighting between ethnic groups in eastern Congo, days after clashes between the armies of DRC and Rwanda on their common border.
Political observers fear that the current damaged relations between Rwanda and Uganda could play out in DRC, reminiscent of the early 2000’s when their armies clashed inside DRC, in one of the worst conflicts in the Great Lakes Region.
With the tense political situation in DRC as President Joseph Kabila stays put, political observers say the region is headed towards major instability, involving Uganda, Rwanda and Burundi.