Rwanda, DR Congo horn-locked in political standoff due to mutiny

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By Robert Mugabe

  • DRC will not negotiate with M23 mutiny

Just after the spokesperson of the government of Democratic Republic of Congo(DRC), Lambert Mende launching accusation implicating Rwanda to be destabilising Eastern Congo and backing mutiny, Rwanda government responded by denouncing DRC claims.

Speaking in Goma town, in Northern Kivu, Mende told the press that Rwanda is involved in destabilising DRC and called CNDP mutiny “criminals”. “Rwanda is behind and perpetrating the conspiracy of destabilising DRC through what started as a simple mutiny, ”Mende told reporters.

Rwanda’s foreign minister Louise Mushikiwabo today described accusations by DRC government spokesperson, Lambert Mende, as very “unfortunate”.

“It is regrettable that DRC has chosen to make allegations in the media shortly before we were to sign the joint verification taskforce report, whose purpose was to sift through allegations and separate fact from fiction.”

Minister Mushikiwabo said that it is was tragedy for the people of the eastern DRC that its government has chosen to fall for a big lie, and it is these people who would suffer from any resurgence of xenophobia.

“We understand that the government in the DRC is facing multiple challenges on several fronts and that using Rwanda as a scapegoat is an attempt to distract and deflect attention away from these domestic crises. We have said repeatedly that we are not involved, and there is no evidence to the contrary. The failure of DRC to fix its long-standing problems is unfortunately spilling over to the neighbourhood” Mushikiwabo said in the statement.

Congolese spokesperson, has ruled out the possibility of negotiating with M23 mutiny group who disserted the regular army citing poor condition of life and government failure to implement government and CNDP accord.

“The government of DRC will not negotiate with groups like CNDP, M23,FDLR and others. They should lay down their arms or face the fire of the national army. The government of DRC insures the security and safety of community” Mende added.

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