President William Ruto and HE Uhuru Kenyatta are currently in Bujumbura for an urgent regional summit to discuss the raging conflict in eastern DR Congo, days after a public exchange between the two leaders back at home.
In a veiled reference to his successor, President William Ruto, Mr. Kenyatta last week on Wednesday said that leaders who have nothing to deliver will always “talk a lot” and deliver nothing. Uhuru was responding to concerns that the new administration was victimising him, something that past presidents had not subjected their predecessors to.
Three days later on Friday, the retired president’s security would be significantly scaled down.
Uhuru Kenyatta is the AU Envoy leading the mediation talks between the M23 Rebels and the Congolese government.
Presidents Paul Kagame (Rwanda) whose country is accused of backing the M23 Rebels is attending the meeting, as well as his DRC counterpart Felix Tshisekedi. Last week, Qatar had planned to host a meeting between Tshisekedi and Kagame, but diplomats said the Congolese leader refused to attend.
President Yoweri Museveni and Tanzania’s Suluhu Hassan are also in attendance.
The meeting is being held shortly after a visit by Pope Francis to Kinshasa, where he met victims of the conflict and condemned the “inhumane violence” and “brutal atrocities” taking place.