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Regional body special summit halted by unexpected circumstances in Kinshasa

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  • Special summit on illegal exploitation of natural resources shifted to Lusaka

By GLV Correspondent.

Kinshasa-the International Conference on Great Lakes Region (ICGLR) summit which was due to take place in Kinshasa last week was halted due to what the officials termed as ‘Unforeseen circumstances’ in Kinshasa-DR Congo.

The special summit on illegal exploration of natural resources in DR Congo was pushed to December and the venue changed to Lusaka, Zambia as consultations with other member states are going on.

“Its state issues that has made Kinshasa to halt the special summit and requested Zambia to host it in December,” Amb Libelata Mulamula said on phone interview from Dar es Salaam.

The ICGLR release indicated that both President Kabila and ICGRL chair also the head of state of Zambia, Mr Rupia Banda, recognize the urgent need to tackle the issue of the illegal exploitation of natural resources especially in eastern DRC.

“It is evident that DRC needs the cooperation of all the neighboring countries under ICGLR framework to find a lasting solution on this issue,” Kabila told his counterpart Banda and ICGLR executive secretary Amb. Liberata Mulamula.

The International Conference is made up of the countries of Angola, Burundi, Central African Republic, Republic of Congo, Democratic Republic of Congo, Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda, Sudan, Tanzania and Zambia.

According to Mr Kabila, DRC has suffered the loss of a lot of people, economic infrastructure, social fabric etc. Therefore it is very much interested in the Great Lakes Region International Conference initiatives which should help this country to promote its social and economic development, and ensure peace and stability

As Mulamula says its because of confidential state issues, reliable sources indicate that there is rising tensions between Kinshasa and CNDP due to recognition of their military ranks as well as CNDPs carrying out a mass recruitment of another force that may take arms against Kinshasa.

“They are to have a mass recruitment and now, they are mobilizing residents of Kivu to support the training,” the source said

Mr.Kabila’s campaign to halt illegal exploitation of minerals in Kivu is viewed as a big step to his government but with less impact since his military generals and armed groups still carry on the exploitation. However, ICGLR wants to halt the exploitation and issue the certificate to avoid illegal exploitation that fuels conflict.

Mulamula budging President Kikwete during the visit to her offices in Bujumbura

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