This is in response to the story, “Monusco to be headed by African”, (The New Times, March 11).
I don't think the solution is an African-led MONUSCO (United Nations Stabilisation Mission in the DR Congo). As matter of fact, this proposal is no novelty at all.
MONUSCO (then known as MONUC-United Nations Organisation Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo) was at one point led by Namanga Ngongui from Cameroon i.e. an African from Central Africa. Did his tenure have any impact at all on this UN behemoth's capacity to lastingly resolve insecurity in eastern DRC?
Few will dare say yes.
Fact is, the solution to instability in eastern DRC, to me, is inextricably linked to a strong leadership in Kinshasa that will foster and steer state-building in the DRC. What we see in the Kivus is a testament to the blatant absence of state and leadership in the country.
I don't mean to ignore grass-roots level issues that also play a defining role in the conflict, that is, land, ethnic identity, economic interests.
In my opinion, MONUSCO is not the solution, however led by whoever.
Aime Zonveni, Kinshasa, DRC
Only strong leadership will lead to lasting peace in DRC