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Rwandans crossing to DRC warned of possible violence

By IGIHE
On 1er juin 2022 at 09:45

The Government of Rwanda has requested its citizens to be cautious as they travel to the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) following hate speeches against Rwandans propagated by officials and citizens in the country.

The warning is issued at a time when a large number of Congolese including politicians, ordinary citizens and security officials continue to incite hatred and making sensitizations to take machetes and attack Rwanda.

Speaking at a press conference on Tuesday 31st May 2022 ; Rwanda’s Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Dr. Vincent Biruta said that there are speeches aired on radios, social media platforms inciting hatred against Rwandans, that Congolese have to invade Rwanda.

In consideration of such speeches, he asked Rwandans crossing to DRC to be cautious because such declarations might spark violence.

“It is not reasonable to learn about the declarations and travel to Congo because the government did not issue a warning. The situation has changed,” Minister Biruta said.

“It is apparent. However, local leaders have talked to residents in border area, updated them on the situation and how they should behave regarding their security in case they want to cross to other side. They cannot be assured that their security is guaranteed,” he added.

The warning mainly concerns residents in border areas crossing to DRC for different reasons.

Rwandans crossing to DRC have been warned of possible violence.

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