DRC president Tshisekedi visits Goma, assesses volcanic damage

President Félix Tshisekedi of the Democratic Republic of Congo, accompanied by his wife and first lady Denise Nyakéru, paid a visit to Goma city on Monday, where the recent volcanic eruption of Mount Nyiragongo wreaked havoc. 

The Head of State took time to survey the devastation caused by the volcano’s fiery spurts in and around the city, promising residents that any residences destroyed by the lava will be restored.

“Hello everyone, we cannot help but sympathise with you. I myself and my wife, your mother, are always by your side and we will never leave you.”

Bunnaj Africa learnt that the victims of the natural disaster said they had the opportunity to share their concerns and grievances with their Congolese leader.

Abigael Byenda, a citizen who was impacted by the disaster, feels heard but still needs help.

“We said thank you to the president for coming to visit us after the disaster that affected us. We women of Nyiragongo, we were hit by this disaster, we told him everything because until now we are suffering a lot.”

Another resident, Chimanuka Lwaboshi Enock, is pleased to see the president on the scene and expresses hope that concrete assistance is on the way.

“He himself has been immersed in the situation, he has seen that we have a serious problem with water and security. He saw that all our plants have been destroyed by the volcano. We asked him to build new houses. All our houses had been decimated. “

Following his visit to Goma, President Félix Tshisekedi is scheduled to visit Beni, where he will inspect the operation of the DRC Armed Forces on the frontlines against ADF insurgents, before traveling to Uganda to meet with his counterpart, Yoweri Museveni.

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