UK Suspends Budget Aid to Rwanda

Published by IGIHE Reporter
On 28 July 2012 saa 03:55
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The UK government has suspended aid to Rwanda worth £16m ($25m) saying in a statement that it was delaying in budget support due July 2012 while considering whether aid conditions had been met.

Total UK aid to Rwanda in the year 2012-13 is projected to be about $118m.

Rwanda’s Foreign Affairs Minister Louise Mushikiwabo said that UK’s decision to terminate aid was "one sided".

"More importantly I think it’s a wake-up call for Rwanda and other aid recipient countries to actually start fending for ourselves and figure out a way to sustain our development without being subjected to bullying and pressure from donors,"

This Follows simillar actions against Rwanda by the Netherlands that have also withheld aid to Rwanda over alleged backing of rebels in Democratic Republic of Congo.

Mushikiwabo said (Friday) that she regreted the "hasty decisions based on flimsy evidence" made by donor partners on Rwandan budget support.

The brief UK announcement emerged after the Dutch foreign ministry confirmed it would no longer be making payments worth $6.15m (£3.9m) to Rwanda’s aid budget until it had received reassurances from Rwanda government.

Mushikiwabo said any decision to suspend aid based on the UN report was "taken on evidence that does not exist".