Muhoozi Kainerugaba, the son of Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni, called on Congolese negotiators on Saturday, December 3, to recognize rebel group leadership.
General Muhoozi warned East African negotiators that the peacekeeping mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo could fail.
As a result, he asked the EAC leadership to accept that the M23 rebels had reached a level of military maturity that needed to be recognized.
"If I were still Commander of Land Forces (CLF), I would meet with General Makenga right away."
"He's a great fighter, and I'm sure we'd get along fine. We were willing to speak with Joseph Kony and the Lord's Resistance Army (LRA), so why not M23?" Muhoozi was perplexed.
Former President Uhuru Kenyatta, who was leading the talks at the time of publication, had yet to respond to General Muhoozi's demands.
Muhoozi also expressed his support for Rwandan President Paul Kagame, who has been accused of escalating the DR Congo crisis.
"I am a four-star General in the Uganda Peoples' Defence Forces (UPDF). I have seen almost everything on this planet.
"However, I feel sorry for those who despise my uncle, General Kagame. Fighting Rwanda means fighting Uganda," warned General Muhoozi.
In response to the accusations, President Kagame met with UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on October 21 to discuss the conflict in eastern DR Congo.
Kagame, who has since distanced himself from the country's ongoing violence, revealed that the discussions took place against the backdrop of renewed tensions between the DRC military and the M23 rebel group.
"I had a good discussion with the UN Secretary-General about the conflict in eastern DRC. The means and methods for de-escalation and peaceful resolution of issues are being developed in Nairobi, Luanda, and other international efforts "Kagame took to Twitter.
Kagame also accused DR Congo President Felix Tshisekedi of attempting to postpone the 2023 presidential election by exploiting the ongoing insecurity in eastern Congo.
President William Ruto recently dispatched additional troops to the Eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) to assist in the fight against M23 rebels occupying key positions in the mineral-rich North Kivu province.
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