They will be dealt with the way they come – Dr. Biruta on DRC’s intentions to attack to Rwanda

On 27 January 2023 at 12:21

The Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Dr. Vincent Biruta has disclosed that Rwanda is ready to defend itself against attacks and respond appropriately in case the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) supports security threat architects intending to destabilize Rwanda.

Dr. Biruta made the disclosure on Thursday 26th January 2023 as he briefed parliamentarians on tensions between Rwanda and DRC.

As he interacted with the youth in Kinshasa on Sunday 4th December 2022, Congolese President Tshisekedi said that the situation allows his country to work with people harbouring intentions to overthrow Rwanda’s leadership for DRC for achieve peace.

Parliamentarians reminisced on the utterances deemed as provocations and what Rwanda plans to do in case Tshisekedi backs the attacks.

Minister Biruta said that the utterances reflect what Rwanda has been pointing out that Congolese government wants to destabilize its security through armed groups like the Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Rwanda (FDLR).FDLR is a terrorist group formed by individuals responsible for the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi.

“These statements prove their intentions and confirm the collaboration between FARDC and FDLR. Perhaps, they exist and are on purpose but they will fail,” he said.

“By making the statement, he confirmed the collaboration of his government with armed groups formed by Rwandans including FDLR. I don’t know other proofs needed by the international community to tell DR Congo government what to do," added Dr. Biruta.

He disclosed that Rwanda is standby to defend territorial integrity against attacks noting that Congo will be dealt with the way it comes.

“They have been disclosing intentions to revenge until they reach Kigali. […] If that happens, they will be dealt with the way they come,” he said.

Rwanda and DRC have been experiencing soured relations following the resumption of fighting between M23 and Congolese Army towards the end of 2021.

Congo accuses Rwanda of backing the rebel group, a claim which Rwanda repeatedly refuted and blames the neighbouring country of working with FDLR.