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Tshisekedi accuses Rwanda of intentions to conquer DRC’s land, exploit natural resources

By IGIHE
On 18 juin 2022 at 10:39

The President of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Félix Tshisekedi has said that security situation has deteriorated in his country citing attacks by Rwanda to conquer its land as the major reason behind problems the country is experiencing.

The declaration has been communicated through a statement released by the Ministry of Communication and Media dated 17th June 2022.

Tshisekedi files the accusations following a High Defence Council on Wednesday this week which resolved to revoke all agreements signed with Rwanda.

Tensions between Rwanda and DRC escalated after the resurgence of M23 rebel group in clashes with Congolese Military (FARDC).

DRC has been accusing Rwanda of supporting the rebel group but Rwanda repeatedly refuted the allegations maintaining that it has no interest in destabilizing the neighbouring country’s security.

M23 recently captured Bunagana town at the border with Uganda and continues to advance towards Rutshuru.

Tshisekedi has said that the situation continues to worsen because Rwanda wants to occupy its land and exploit minerals.

“The security situation in east of the country continues to deteriorate, and fundamentally because Rwanda seeks to occupy our land, rich in gold, coltan and cobalt, for own exploitation and profit,” he said.

Tshisekedi also called on UK Prime Minister, Boris Johnson to exert pressure on Rwanda to withdraw troops from DRC.

Meanwhile, M23 recently denied having any connections with Rwanda highlighting that some of weapons used during the battle have been bought from FARDC soldiers while others were kept in their hideouts long ago.

The Government of Rwanda has reiterated commitment to engage in discussions aimed at mending relations with DRC.

Tshisekedi has accused Rwanda of intentions to conquer DRC’s land and exploit natural resources.

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