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Rwanda says it does not need to cross into DR Congo to safeguard its security

By IGIHE
On 24 December 2022 at 07:26

The Government of Rwanda has said that continuously linking it to security problems in eastern part of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) won’t lead to any solutions that it is meant to cover the weakness of the country.

On Thursday, Agence France-Presse (AFP), a leading global news agency reported that it got the wind of a report of the United Nations (UN) experts on security problems in DRC confirming that Rwanda supported M23 rebel group in a fighting with Congolese Army (FARDC).

The report was questioned as to how it is leaked to the media before publication. Similar circumstances happened in July this year.

Rwanda has repeatedly denied the accusations of supporting the rebel group highlighting that the issue is a concern of DRC which failed to implement signed peace accords.

The Spokesperson of the Government of Rwanda, Yolande Makolo has via Twitter said that putting DRC’s problems to the shoulders of Rwanda won’t provide any solution.

“The policy of blaming Rwanda as a means to deflect blame and evade accountability for persistent governance failure in the DRC comes at a huge cost to citizens on both sides of our shared border,” she said.

The Deputy Spokesperson of the Government of Rwanda, Alain Mukuralinda on Thursday told TV5 Monde that Rwandan troops never cross the border but safeguard security of the country’s territory.

“Rwandan soldiers do not cross the border. They safeguard security of the country’s territory. Rwanda does not need to cross the border unless it is agreed with the Congolese government,” he said.

Mukuralinda said that Rwanda cannot comment on unpublished allegations.


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