By: Robert Patrick Fati Gakwerere
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Diaspora of the Republic of Kenya reacted to the announcement of the creation of the Congo River Alliance (CFA). The declaration of the creation of this politico-military movement was made from Nairobi, Kenya, by Corneille Nangaa, former president of the Independent National Electoral Commission (CENI) and current leader of the party “Action pour la Dignité du Congo et de his people”, alongside Bertrand Bisimwa, president of the military wing of the M23.
“The ministry wishes to emphasize that Kenya is an open and democratic state where freedom of the press is guaranteed. As such, nationals and foreign nationals can speak to the Kenyan media without reference to the government,” said Musalia Mudavadi, First Cabinet Secretary and Cabinet Secretary for Foreign Affairs and Diaspora.
And added: “Kenya firmly dissociates itself from any statement or activity likely to harm the peace and security of the friendly Nation of the DRC and has launched an investigation to determine the identity of the authors of the statement and the extent to which their statements fall outside the constitutional protection of freedom of expression.
This affair created diplomatic tension between Kinshasa and Nairobi. The DRC summoned Georges Masafu, Kenyan ambassador stationed in Kinshasa. She also recalled her ambassadors based in Kenya and the EAC (Community of East African States).
For her part, Musalia Mudavadi is categorical: “Kenya further reaffirms its non-engagement in the internal affairs of the DRC and undertakes to continue to support peace, security and the democratic consolidation of the country”.