DR Congo says Rwanda makes use of refugees for ‘political functions’

Kinshasa accused Rwanda of utilizing refugees for political functions on Wednesday, after its central African neighbor mentioned it could not settle for folks fleeing violence within the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Rwandan President Paul Kagame mentioned on Monday that his nation “cannot continue to accept refugees” – fueling already excessive tensions between the 2 international locations.

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The DRC authorities responded angrily on Wednesday, saying the feedback have been “proof that human rights have no value for the Rwandan president”.

Kagame has “blackmailed the international community on human lives,” mentioned Patrick Muyaya, a spokesman for the DRC authorities.

The refugees have been “used for political purposes”, Muyaya mentioned, accusing Kigali of attempting to divert worldwide consideration “from Rwanda’s responsibilities”.

Sustained combating within the jap a part of the mineral-rich DRC pits federal troops in opposition to rebels from the M23 group, who’ve captured elements of the territory.

The Democratic Republic of Congo – together with the US and a number of other European international locations – has repeatedly accused Rwanda of supporting the Tutsi-led rebels, though Kigali denies the cost.

Tensions have soared and 1000’s have fled the combating to neighboring states, together with Rwanda.

Kagame informed the higher home of parliament on Monday that the refugees “are not Rwanda’s problem. And we will make sure that everyone realizes that it is not Rwanda’s problem”.

“I refuse for Rwanda to bear this burden,” he mentioned.

In November, the United Nations mentioned about 72,000 Congolese had crossed into Rwanda.

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