On Thursday, Museveni received special message from Tshisekedi delivered by a delegation led by the DRC Senior Minister of Works Alexis Gisaro Muvunyi, Maj. Gen Ntumba Frank Buamunda, the Congolese Special Presidential Adviser on Military Affairs and Lt. Gen. Rwuibasira Obed Ruyumba, Chief of Staff in charge of Operations.
In the message, President Tshisekedi was seeking guidance from his Ugandan counterpart on how best they can handle the crisis in Congo.
Addressing the Congolese delegation, President Museveni applauded Tshisekedi for sending him a high-level delegation to talk about peace in Congo, and the Great Lakes Region at large which he said is good.
“If you want to fight and win, you must fight a just war,” Museveni said; making references to the wars he has been fighting in the last 50 years in Uganda and in the neighboring countries.
He consequently advised that the correct way to solve the problem of insecurity in the Congo is to have a cease fire in place, engage the regional leaders and have a dialogue in place with the M23 people so that you listen to their issues.
Museveni also commended his Congolese counterpart President Felix Tshisekedi for his efforts in wanting to stabilize Congo.
He thanked him for strengthening bilateral cooperation between Uganda and Congo since he
came to office.
On his part, the head of delegation and Congolese Senior Minister of Works Alexis Gisaro Muvunyi conveyed regards from President Tshisekedi.
He said that since Tshisekedi took power, he has developed an open political relationship with everyone
in Congo and with neighbors.
Gisaro said that as of now the M23 is occupying Bunagana.
The delegation however stressed that they don’t want arms in the region but they want development.
“We are open to negotiations, we accepted regional forces to come, but they (M23) have to show good will,” he said.
The Congolese delegation commended the recent strides made between Uganda and The Democratic Republic of Congo, when the two states agreed to have a joint force to flash out ADF, the building of two roads in
Congo and starting of direct flights of Uganda Airlines to Congo.
The meeting was attended by the Ambassador of Congo to Uganda , Jean Pierre Massala.