Joseph Kabila is in Uganda today for a summit with President Yoweri Museveni, government spokesman Ofwono Opondo has confirmed. The meeting, that is expected to have security in the region on the agenda, is being held at Mweya Safari Lodge in western Uganda.
While no details have been provided, the Democratic Republic of Congo’s Kabila makes the visit amidst growing political tension in his country, with the opposition calling for elections before end of year.
DRC opposition leader Moise Katumbi last month warned that Kabila risked plunging the country into an “even worse crisis” by letting doubt linger over when he will step down.
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Kabila, who has been in power since 2001, is widely believed to be considering casting aside the constitution to take a third term in office after his tenure expires at the end of the year.
The visit also comes after a cross-border shooting earlier in the year, where Ugandan policemen patrolling the lake were killed allegedly by DRC troops. Uganda demanded compensation.
The Government of Uganda has protested the killing of four policemen along Lake Albert in May and an official protest note was sent to the Democratic Republic of Congo.
Also of interest to the two presidents are the ADF rebels that the DRC army has been fighting.
The two presidents last met in Angola in June, a joint bilateral meetings that included Presidents dos Santos of Angola.