Kagame assures that Rwanda is overstocked to deal with DRC’s mercenaries

By Théophile Niyitegeka
On 10 January 2023 at 11:20

President Paul Kagame has underscored that Rwanda has the capacity to safeguard security noting that the country is ready to deal with mercenaries recently brought by the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), if needs be.

He made the statement on Monday after presiding over the swearing-in of the new Senate President, Dr. François Xavier Kalinda.

The Head of State said that the country continues to be affected by the actions of DRC which should address internal problems without dragging Rwanda into its mess.

The problems are mainly related to accusations that Rwanda supports M23 rebel group which is considered as the cause of insecurity in eastern Congo, despite the presence of more than 130 armed groups.

Meanwhile, the problems have existed for many years given that Rwanda accommodates over 80,000 Congolese refugees that arrived more than 20 years ago fleeing insecurity.

In the past few weeks, it was reported that DRC brought European mercenaries believed to be from Russia to help the country deal with security crisis.

President Kagame has said that Rwanda should not be blamed for those problems, a stand which it has always maintained.

He also assured that the country stands ready to deal with those mercenaries where necessary.

“When you hear a situation is relying on mercenaries, you know that situation is a mess. If it comes to us dealing with the mercenaries, we are overstocked to deal with mercenaries. Mercenaries are the most useless people you can rely on,” he said.

“Those countries relying on mercenaries, you just know they are in trouble. They have original problems before they brought mercenaries and when they bring mercenaries, the problems are multiplied by a big factor. It gets worse, not better,” added Kagame.

“So, I am saying this with a sense of frustration. It’s like the world has gone crazy. Nobody is listening to the other. Facts no longer apply to anything. Since when Congolese, well, of Rwandese origin become Rwanda’s problem?” he wondered.

Kagame stated that the history of the presence of Kinyarwanda-speaking citizens in DRC should be considered first before sounding alarms that they must return to Rwanda.

“When you say they go back, first of all ask yourself who brought them there. Ask those who took them to Congo. How they went there I don’t know. Those who took them there or who created those conditions should be the ones to answer not me. You are not going to force that problem on me, zero. It can’t happen,” he underscored.

Kagame said that DRC’s intentions to expel a group of citizens without talking about the Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Rwanda (FDLR) because it wants them to stay, is the heart of the matter.

FDLR is a terrorist group formed by individuals responsible for the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi.

The President highlighted that the aforementioned actions align with some people’s plans to overthrow Rwanda’s leadership and expressed optimism that they will fail.

President Kagame assured that Rwanda stands ready to deal with DRC mercenaries, if need be.