Prime Minister Jean-Michel Sama Lukonde arrived this Wednesday, September 21, 2022, in Bunia (in Ituri) to assess the state of siege in this province and in the neighboring province of North Kivu. He is accompanied by several ministers.
It will be a question, indicates the communication unit of the Primature, to evaluate the achievements and the security challenges in the eastern part of the DRC.
“We are convinced that in the exchanges that we will have with the military authorities, but also with the active forces of the province of Ituri, we will be able to better direct our action in this peace that we seek in this province”, said hot on the heels of the Prime Minister, answering questions from journalists on the tarmac at Bunia airport.
This assessment comes as some countries in the eastern part remain occupied by negative forces (the M23 supported by Rwanda, the ADF or even the CODECO), without ignoring the abuses perpetrated by these terrorists. On this, this same source affirms that this tour of the Head of Government is also for the moral rearmament of the Armed Forces of the DRC who have sworn to defend the entire national territory.
“… It is also an opportunity to come and encourage our armed forces as well as those of the police, who, every day, sacrifice themselves for the sovereignty of the Nation. It is always good that we are there, at their side for a moral rearmament, to encourage them in the work they are doing, because it is very recognized and very supported by the President of the Republic”, he added. he adds.
Through this new tour in the two provinces under a state of siege, the Prime Minister wishes to reaffirm the determination of the Congolese people, expressed on Tuesday, September 20 at the 77th General Assembly of the United Nations by the President of the Republic, to always defend, until the supreme sacrifice, the territorial integrity, independence and sovereignty of the DRC, in respect of course of international law and the commitments made within the international organizations of which it is a member, we learned from a dispatch from the same source.
Monitoring of infrastructure works in Ituri
In addition, the Head of Government will also monitor certain infrastructure works. In Ituri, it is in particular the modernization works in progress at Bunia airport, the inauguration of the FARDC radio initiated by the provincial authorities as well as the implementation of the FARDC mobile rapid intervention unit intended for the adequate management of the care of soldiers injured in combat.
“It will also be an opportunity, as part of other work being done here in the province, to make one or two field visits. But, the most important thing is the security aspects that I talked about,” he continued.
After Bunia, Prime Minister Sama Lukonde will go to Goma this Thursday, September 22 for the same exercise, that is to say a monitoring-evaluation of the state of siege likely to help him make good decisions by in relation to security challenges.