President orders full reopening of DRC-Rwanda border

February 23, 2016 OPINION/NEWS

By

Darell Maurice

The President of the Democratic Republic of Congo Joseph Kabila last week ordered the full reopening of the country’s border with Rwanda.

The governor of the province of North Kivu, Julien Paluku made ??the announcement on the occasion of the national ‘Leopards’ football team winning the fourth edition of the African Nations Championship (CHAN) in 2016 in Rwanda, where he also presented the cup to the people of the east.

“The president wanted by this decision, to thank the entire population of Goma which provided massive support to the national team during the competition held in Rwanda,” said Julien Paluku to the people of Goma.

The announcement of the border opening with Rwanda was welcomed by thousands of traders and inhabitants of North Kivu who have always demanded its lifting.

President Kabila had ordered the full time reopening a few years ago, but it was closed between 18:00 and 6:00 after security disputes between the two states.

For the governor of North Kivu, the full border opening was also due to a climate of peace and good neighborliness that had been observed between the people of the DRC and Rwanda.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Darell Maurice

Darell Maurice is a Journalist based in the Democratic Republic of Congo’s capital city Kinshasa and works for Canal7kintv. He also blogs here.

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