Ruto in Burundi for ‘crisis’ summit over DRC mandate

Heads of State from the East Africa Community (EAC) are meeting in Bujumbura, Burundi, Wed 31st May to make major decisions on the current security situation in Eastern DRC.

The 31st extraordinary meeting comes following a similar meeting of the EAC Council of Ministers responsible for regional cooperation from the seven member states.

On Monday, military chiefs from the countries also met to discuss the insecurity in eastern DR Congo.

President William Ruto is among those attending the conference.

Speaking during a mini-summit in Ethiopia in February, Ruto called for political will in ending the DRC conflict.

The crisis meetings come against the backdrop of threats from the Congolese government to have the EAC regional force (EACRF) leave the country by June 1.

Troops from Kenya, Burundi, Uganda and South Sudan are currently deployed in the country to help secure areas vacated by the M23 rebels.