Monday, February 17, 2014

Inside Story Of Why President Kikwete Deployed Tanzanian Troops In the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC)

TOGETHER AS NOT ONE: President Kikwete (centre) with TISS chief Rashid Othman (left) have maintained a public display of closeness, but behind the scenes, a bitter row is threatening Tanzania due to Othman’s refusal to back the FDLR agenda

At an urgent summit of the International Conference on the Great Lakes Region (ICGLR) in Kampala in late September 2012, Tanzania’s President Jakaya Kikwete spoke passionately of how Tanzania was eager to end the conflict in DR Congo. President Kikwete informed other leaders that Tanzania was ready to use force. Months later, Tanzanian troops were deployed, but as News of Rwanda reports, the deployment is a personal project of President Kikwete after ignoring advice of the Tanzania Intelligence and Security Service (TISS)....

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