After an elected government has been put in place in 2006 led by the current president Joseph Kabila, there were major changes that the government promised including tackling the Eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo crisis. However, it is not a surprise that to date we see a total disengagement of the DRC government in the peace process. All we are witnessing is the political maneuvering and manipulation of any kind to distract the public opinion. More is needed than just creating a joint military operation to root out hutu militias in the Eastern Congo. Though this can be helpful contributing towards the restoration of peace, it is instead used for political propaganda in helping Rwanda and the DRC president Joseph Kabila to clean their name.
I wish enough could have been done by the DRC government to address the conflict that is taking lives of millions. There have been complaints and criticism all over the country about how the crisis is handled by the government. The leaders betray their own people who put them in power. Due to the lack of political openness, the people of the Congo have little to say to hold their leaders accountable for their inaction. Even at this crucial moment where the mainstream can contribute to the peace process, the people of the Congo are kept in a cave with little hope to come out of it. The regime in Kinshasa has been very aggressive and intolerable to any criticism within the country about the mismanagement of the state’s institutions as well as the war in the Eastern part of the country. This left people with no choice, but instead support the government blind efforts to tackle the crisis.
It is my understanding that if both the DRC government, Rwanda and the international community cooperated in a very honest way to end the Eastern DRC crisis, we would have seen change in the behavior of all belligerents regardless of their current stands about the crisis. But the matter of the fact is that enough hasn't been done to address this issue. The very reason is that although the DRC government is weak militarily to defeat the antagonists, it is not proactively engaging in a real and honest diplomacy to open up door for success in talks and negotiations. It looks like the DRC leadership doesn't understand what it takes to engage others. It is playing the chase game not knowing the way forward to move players on the board. Therefore, the conflict resolution continues to suffer from a failure of leadership in the DRC.