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Socialist Party calls for urgent regional intervention in DR Congo to stem civil war


There is need for the Southern African Development Community (SADC) to urgently intervene in the civil unrest and instability in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).

Socialist Party (SP) leader, Dr Fred M’membe, stated that this was in order to avoid the possibilities of plunging the entire nation into chaos.

The SP leader in a statement issued in Lusaka on Tuesday, noted that the security and humanitarian conditions in the DRC was worsening.

He said the United Nations (UN) had warned of the deteriorating situation as the rebels kept making gains with hundreds of thousands of civilians displaced from their homes.

“The head of the UN’s DRC peacekeeping mission MONUSCO, Bintou Keita, was quoted reporting to the UN Security Council last week that the worsening security situation and a humanitarian crisis is nearing catastrophic levels,” M’membe stated.

He added that the UN revealed that more than 7.1 million people had been displaced in the country indicating a 800,000 increment from the last update on the unrest.

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M’membe reiterated that it was in the best interest of SADC to proactively assist the DRC before the situation degenerated into chaos.

“If the DRC imploded, it is the region that will suffer the consequences of the humanitarian crisis that will unfold,” the SP leader stated.

He said what the party dreaded and warned against what was currently happening in the DRC, saying there was civil unrest and instability in the Eastern DRC.

M’membe said SADC should intervene and help the Congolese people out of this insecurity and humanitarian crisis.

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