Retired president Uhuru Kenyatta, Facilitator of the EAC - led Nairobi Peace Process in the Restoration of Peace and Stability in the Eastern DRC, (L) meets Burundian President Évariste Ndayishimiye at the State House in Bujumbura on May 8, 2023. | PHOTO: HANDOUT
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Uhuru Kenyatta: Peace will be restored in Eastern DRC.

Retired President Uhuru Kenyatta, who is the Facilitator of the EAC-led Nairobi Peace Process, expressed optimism on Monday that the ongoing process would bring peace to the region and enable displaced persons to return to their homes and farms.

During a courtesy call to Burundian President Evariste Ndayishimiye at State House in Bujumbura, Kenyatta emphasized the significance of peace in the region, noting that it is a prerequisite for trade and commerce among people.

“This is the only way to bring development and prosperity to the entire region, but that is not possible without peace,” he said.


Kenyatta and Ndayishimiye held talks on various regional issues, including the outcomes of the 11th Summit of the Regional Oversight and Cooperation Framework for the DRC and the region, which was held on May 6 in Burundi.

They also discussed the likelihood of a forthcoming East African Summit aimed at advancing the peace restoration process in the DRC.

“We were looking at the possibility of an upcoming East African Summit to further deliberate on the issues discussed yesterday all towards restoring Peace in the DRC, especially the eastern part,” Kenyatta said.

During his two-day visit to Burundi, Kenyatta attended the 11th Summit of the Regional Oversight and Cooperation Framework for the DRC and the region.

He also presented his report on the progress and recommendations for the next important steps of the Nairobi-led peace process to the Heads of State during a closed-door session.