Ex-Kenyan president, Uhuru Kenyatta who arrived on Tuesday in the key eastern Democratic Republic of Congo city of Goma is a mediator in the East African Community’s attempts to bring about peace in the east of the DRC.
Reports from Security officials and local residents say the militia are battling troops just 20 kilometers out of town.
Speaking in Kinshasa, where he held talks with senior government and United Nations figures, Uhuru Kenyatta urged all parties involved in the conflict to lay down their arms and nurture a sense of patriotism.
Uhuru’s visit comes at a time the country’s soldiers are engaged in renewed clashes with M23 rebels to the north of the city.
The fighting in DRC has has forced hundreds of already displaced people to flee their refugee camp south of Kibumba, and head towards Goma.
DRC has also since accused Kigali of backing mostly Congolese Tutsi militia, which is one of over 120 armed groups operating in the region.