The Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) has been in the headlines for all the wrong reasons, and to some extent, they are self inflicted.
Seeing a country that has the economic potential to re-engineer itself waste its resources in endless conflicts that also have a domino effect on its neighbours should not be treated lightly.
Endless UN resolutions have failed to address the situation which has forced the Great Lakes region to take matters in their own hands by drawing the belligerents together in Kampala. Uganda which many see as DRC’s only hope
There is goodwill from its neighbours and beyond, but even then, the DRC should not take it for granted that a solution will come outside its borders.
While the Peace, Security and Cooperation Framework for the DRC spells out that a peaceful solution is the best option, it is been held back by foot dragging at the negotiation table.
Therefore, there is need for a speedy conclusion of the Kampala talks because the continued stalemate not only affects its citizens, it also takes up the precious time of regional leaders who have better things to do than babysit a situation of its own making.
With nearly two decades of turmoil in the eastern part of the country, endless agreements that have remained dead letter, it is time DRC authorities put their house in order.