Kagame, Zuma Move To Resolve Tensions


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According to a statement issued Wednesday by South Africa’s Presidency, the diplomatic crisis with Rwanda was extensively discussed.

Zuma was also separately quoted as saying while Rwanda believes it is pursuing elements threatening her security, South Africa is obliged to provide refugee status when sought by those in exile.

It was agreed that more efforts are needed to normalise relations between South Africa and Rwanda for the mutual benefit of both nations.

“With regards to relations between South Africa and the Republic of Rwanda, the matter was discussed by the summit and there was agreement that the two countries must discuss the issue and find a mutually agreeable solution,” South Africa’s presidency said in a statement today.

South Africa recently expelled four Rwandan diplomats and one from Burundi for reportedly being part of a wider plan to harm exiled Rwandan army chief, Kayumba Nyamwasa.

Rwanda responded by kicking out six South African diplomats, saying the country continues to harbour individuals suspected of planning terrorist attacks in Rwanda.

Kigali further denied reports that it was behind the alleged attack on a house where Kayumba was said to be living.

However, South Africa’s Foreign Affair Ministry Spokesperson, Clayson Monyela, said investigations had revealed direct links between the expelled diplomats and the attempted assassination of Nyamwasa and the murder of Patrick Karegeya. He did not provide evidence.

“It is clear that these incidents directly link to tensions emanating from Rwanda and are acted upon within our borders. This recent event clearly undermined our national security, territorial integrity and put South Africans in harm’s way,” added Monyela.


Relations between Rwanda and South Africa were strained in 2010 after Kayumba was shot in the stomach as he drove home.

Tensions rose further after South Africa deployed troops to fight M23 rebels who had created a security buffer zone between Rwanda and the genocidal FDLR in DRC.

With the defeat of M23, FDLR got ample territory near the Rwanda border to retrain and mobilize new recruits to reinforce their forces; a move many believe threatens Rwanda’s national security.

It should also be noted that Kayumba is among the dissidents suspected of masterminding grenade attacks in Rwanda in which at least 45 people were killed.

Speaking at Rwanda Leaders Fellowship Prayer Breakfast on January 12, Kagame did not show remorse at Karegeya’s recent murder at South African Hotel, accusing him of masterminding terrorist activities against his home country.

“No one will betray Rwanda and get away with it. Regardless of who you are, there will be consequences. God gave us the strength to protect what we have built. Whoever it is, even those still alive will bear the consequences; it’s just a matter of time,” Kagame warned.

Without mentioning names, Kagame said he “really don’t feel the necessity for politeness on this issue, no need for being diplomatic, of being politically correct. What’s surprising is that you didn’t do it, not the other way around. Because how can people betray their country… a country that made them who they are boasting to be today? All those fellows would have been nothing if it wasn’t for this country, if it wasn’t for Rwanda.”


Meanwhile, President Zuma described the summit as a positive and constructive engagement as it discussed and agreed on various critical security issues affecting particularly the Democratic Republic of Congo and the entire Great Lakes Region.

“The summit was successful and we have registered positive progress since the previous ICGLR ordinary summit in January 2014. We have discussed and reviewed in detail the overall security situation prevailing in the Great Lakes Region and in Southern Africa and have agreed on necessary measures,” the President said.

South Africa, as a signatory to the Peace, Security and Cooperation Framework for the DRC and a member of the Regional Oversight Mechanism, supports the efforts of the ICGLR at seeking a lasting political solution in the Great Lakes Region in line with South Africa’s foreign policy which promotes a peaceful resolution of conflicts and discourages unconstitutional changes of government.


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