Foreign Affairs minister Hon. Sam Kuteesa and Uganda’s ambassador to Kinshasa has delivered a special message from HE. President of Uganda Yoweri Museveni to the President of the Democratic Republic of Congo Joseph Kabila.
On 20th of October 2018, Kutesa signed the 7th Uganda DRC joint permanent commission minister’s report with HE. Hon. Thomas Luhaka Losenjole, the Deputy prime Minister of the DRC.
The 7th session of Uganda-DRC joint permanent commission commenced with the senior officials meeting (SOM) at Speke Resort Munyonyo in Kampala.
In September 2017, Kutesa called Congo to follow through on its obligations in regard to integrating the M23 remnants as agreed upon in the Nairobi Accord signed in December 2013.
The Minister while discussing Uganda’s role on promoting regional peace and stability hinted on the outcomes of its mediation in the stalemate between the DRC government and the M23 rebels which still hang in balance.
He said in the Nairobi accord, the DRC government was supposed to integrate the M23 in its community, army, some of them given land and those who were interested in forming a political party to go ahead and form them. Many years have passed but nothing has been done.
Some of the M23 insurgents who were caught on the Ugandan side of the border were disarmed and held in Bihanga in South Western Uganda.
Kutesa said that this has put Uganda in a difficult position asking DRC to fast track the process of resettling them.