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Crisis in DR Congo: Opposition Party Accuses Tshisekedi of Failing to Address M23 Threat

As the Democratic Republic of Congo teeters on the brink of crisis, the opposition People’s Party for Reconstruction and Democracy (PPRD) has launched scathing criticism against President Félix Tshisekedi’s administration, alleging its incompetence in dealing with the escalating threat posed by the M23 Rebel Group.

The M23 rebels have been swiftly advancing, seizing control of significant portions of the eastern region of the country. Despite this dire situation, Tshisekedi’s government has been unable to provide effective solutions to contain the rampant rebel fighters.

In a strongly-worded statement released on Sunday, the PPRD condemned Tshisekedi’s administration for attempting to shift blame onto former President Joseph Kabila for its failures in protecting the nation and its territories.

“The PPRD, Avant-Garde Party, questions the perplexing strategy of the current regime, which seems more inclined towards pleading with rivals for ceasefires rather than bolstering the capabilities of the Congolese army (FARDC) to confront and neutralize the armed groups threatening our sovereignty,” remarked Emmanuel Ramazani Shadary, the permanent secretary of PPRD.

The party criticized Tshisekedi’s government for diverting resources towards signing multiple agreements, including ceasefire deals, instead of adequately equipping the FARDC to combat the insurgency effectively.

Furthermore, the PPRD issued a stern warning to Tshisekedi’s regime against using Joseph Kabila’s name to deflect attention away from the deteriorating security situation in the east, which it has failed to address.

“The Party, founded by Joseph Kabila Kabange, cautions the current regime against its futile attempts to tarnish the image of Joseph Kabila and his political legacy by orchestrating distractions amid the escalating security crisis,” the statement concluded.

As tensions escalate and the threat posed by the M23 rebels intensifies, the Democratic Republic of Congo finds itself at a critical juncture, with mounting pressure on President Tshisekedi to devise effective strategies to safeguard the nation’s stability and territorial integrity.

Source: DRC News Today

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