RDF assures protection of Rwandans against cross-border attacks

On 14 June 2022 at 06:10

Rwanda Defence Force (RDF) has assured the protection of Rwandans against cross-border attacks noting that it remains committed to its duty of defending territorial integrity.

RDF has made the disclosure through a statement released on Tuesday 14th June 2022.

"Rwanda Defence Force would like to inform the general public that the defence and security of the Rwandan population, as well as Rwanda’s territorial integrity is assured, and that the RDF will continue to seek guarantees that cross-border attacks on Rwanda’s territory are stopped," reads the statement.

The statement follows escalating tension between Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) since M23 rebel group resumed fight with Congolese Army.

DRC has accused Rwanda of supporting M23 and claimed that Rwandan soldiers crossed to the country for the same cause.

During the clashes with M23, FARDC in collaboration with the Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Rwanda (FDLR) have shelled Rwanda territory three times since March this year.

The rockets shelled on Rwanda’s land injured people from Musanze and Burera district and destroyed properties.

RDF’s statement is released at a time when Rwanda is in final preparations ton host the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) due in the week starting from 20th June 2022.

Some political analysts indicate that the provocations are meant to tamper with smooth preparations of the meeting.

The Chairperson of the African Union Commission, Moussa Faki Mahamat requested Rwanda and DRC to engage in discussions aimed at calming the tension between both countries.

Following the tension between the two neighboring countries; Angolan President João Lourenço embarked on mediation process. His recent discussions with Congolese President, Tshisekedi saw the country releasing two Rwandan soldiers kidnapped by FDLR and FARDC.

On Monday this week, it was reported that M23 captured Bunagana town and border, seized an armoured vehicle from FARDC. The Spokesperson of M23 announced that Bunagana town is in full control of M23 adding that Congolese soldiers in the area fled to Uganda.

Bunagana is located in 60 kilometers from Goma town located at the border between Rwanda and DRC.

RDF has revealed that it remains committed to its duty of defending territorial integrity against external aggression.