Leila Zerrougui invites the populations of the KasaA� region to turn the page on the conflict

The Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary General in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Leila Zerrougui, invited the populations of the Kasai region to “turn the page on the conflict” in order to rewrite the history of the provinces of Kasai and KasaA� central, through innovative projects that bring peace and development.

During a working visit to KasaA� and KasaA� central from February 10 to 11, 2020, the Chief of MONUSCO estimated that the populations of this region which suffered from the crisis of 2016 and 2017 following the Kamuina phenomenon Nsapu, should “work together for the return of stability in order to initiate development.” “

The Kasai crisis has created several damages to this hitherto peaceful part of the DRC. For the past 3 years or so, the situation in the Kasai region has greatly deteriorated. Efforts by the United Nations, in support of national and local authorities have increased in the region, to restore the authority of the State after the destruction caused by the crisis.

During his visit, Leila Zerrougui made with various actors operating in the two provinces, the inventory of fixtures of the current situation of KasaA� and KasaA� central. She was accompanied in particular by her deputy, the Resident Coordinator and Humanitarian Coordinator, David McLachlan-Karr, for discussions focused on the priorities of MONUSCO for the strengthening of the authority of the State and the sovereign functions of the State – police, justice and prison administration in particular, as well as for the reintegration of former members of armed groups.

The Special Representative met with the governor of KasaA� Central, Martin Kabuya Mulamba Kabitanga, as well as the governor of KasaA�, Dieudonne Pieme Tutokot, representatives of civil society and the humanitarian community.

His message was the same during all these meetings “working together for the return of stability in order to initiate development. Leila Zerrougui believes that not working together in the context of stabilization exposes the Kasai region at the risk of seeing organized crime develop because public administration is still fragile there.

At the level of provincial governors, concerns focused mainly on the need for MONUSCO support to implement their governance program which takes into account issues such as the reconciliation of communities, the management of repressed Congolese d ‘Angola, security and poverty eradication.

Civil society in Kasai has also expressed its concerns, including the increase in intercommunal violence orchestrated by politicians.

The effects of the crisis are still palpable in the Kasai. Leila Zerrougui was able to realize this during her visit to the Mpokolo Wa Muyo center in Kananga, which has welcomed many children associated with the Kamwina Nsapu militia and is working to reunite them with their families and reintegrate them into the communities.

Ms. Zerrougui stressed the need to support community reintegration of members of armed groups who surrendered. “The communities that host them must receive support, in particular from United Nations agencies, funds and programs, to ensure that the foundations for lasting stability are laid,” she said.

Source: UN Organization Stabilization Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo

Leila Zerrougui invites the populations of the KasaA� region to turn the page on the conflict

The Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary General in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Leila Zerrougui, invited the populations of the Kasai region to “turn the page on the conflict” in order to rewrite the history of the provinces of Kasai and KasaA� central, through innovative projects that bring peace and development.

During a working visit to KasaA� and KasaA� central from February 10 to 11, 2020, the Chief of MONUSCO estimated that the populations of this region which suffered from the crisis of 2016 and 2017 following the Kamuina phenomenon Nsapu, should “work together for the return of stability in order to initiate development.” “

The Kasai crisis has created several damages to this hitherto peaceful part of the DRC. For the past 3 years or so, the situation in the Kasai region has greatly deteriorated. Efforts by the United Nations, in support of national and local authorities have increased in the region, to restore the authority of the State after the destruction caused by the crisis.

During his visit, Leila Zerrougui made with various actors operating in the two provinces, the inventory of fixtures of the current situation of KasaA� and KasaA� central. She was accompanied in particular by her deputy, the Resident Coordinator and Humanitarian Coordinator, David McLachlan-Karr, for discussions focused on the priorities of MONUSCO for the strengthening of the authority of the State and the sovereign functions of the State – police, justice and prison administration in particular, as well as for the reintegration of former members of armed groups.

The Special Representative met with the governor of KasaA� Central, Martin Kabuya Mulamba Kabitanga, as well as the governor of KasaA�, Dieudonne Pieme Tutokot, representatives of civil society and the humanitarian community.

His message was the same during all these meetings “working together for the return of stability in order to initiate development. Leila Zerrougui believes that not working together in the context of stabilization exposes the Kasai region at the risk of seeing organized crime develop because public administration is still fragile there.

At the level of provincial governors, concerns focused mainly on the need for MONUSCO support to implement their governance program which takes into account issues such as the reconciliation of communities, the management of repressed Congolese d ‘Angola, security and poverty eradication.

Civil society in Kasai has also expressed its concerns, including the increase in intercommunal violence orchestrated by politicians.

The effects of the crisis are still palpable in the Kasai. Leila Zerrougui was able to realize this during her visit to the Mpokolo Wa Muyo center in Kananga, which has welcomed many children associated with the Kamwina Nsapu militia and is working to reunite them with their families and reintegrate them into the communities.

Ms. Zerrougui stressed the need to support community reintegration of members of armed groups who surrendered. “The communities that host them must receive support, in particular from United Nations agencies, funds and programs, to ensure that the foundations for lasting stability are laid,” she said.

Source: UN Organization Stabilization Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo