MONUSCO unable to deploy its only gunship
For several months now, the United Nations mission in the DRC, MONUSCO, has been unable to deploy its only operational attack helicopter.
The UN Security Council is considering a French-led resolution that would overhaul the arms embargo regime imposed on the Democratic Republic of Congo. But Paris has had to revise its initial plan in the face of reluctance from London and Washington.
President Kenyatta and the Congolese government hope that bringing talks on the stability of eastern DR Congo to Nairobi will give new impetus to the peace negotiations. But the absence of some of the warring parties limits their scope.
The International Court of Justice ruling that Uganda must pay hefty war damages to the DRC comes as relations between the two countries are on the mend. Kampala is on a charm offensive towards its neighbour in the hope of an amicable settlement.
Gitega has deployed hundreds of soldiers in neighbouring DRC's South Kivu province to track down Red-Tabara, a rebel group with Burundian roots. Unlike Uganda's operations against the Allied Democratic Forces further north, which Kinshasa okayed, this operation is taking place in great secrecy.
In Berlin today at the invitation of Angela Merkel, the DRC president is using every available means to pull his country out of diplomatic isolation. Rather than relying on a diplomatic corps that was largely inherited from his predecessor Joseph Kabila, he has preferred to rely on a group of loyalists from within the presidency.
Texan financier and committed Christian John Montgomery devotes part of his investment company Bridgeway's profits to hunting down and forcing surrender on members of the Allied Democratic Forces, an armed group active on the border between the DRC and Uganda aligned to the Islamic State.