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Congo Rebellion: Britain Suspends Shs53bn Aid To Rwanda


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“The government has already set out its concerns over credible and compelling reports of Rwandan involvement with M23 in DRC,” said Greening.

She further stated: “This evidence constitutes a breach of the partnership principles set out in the Memorandum of Understanding, and as a result I have decided not to release the next payment of budget support to Rwanda.”

The decision comes after a sustained western media campaign against release of more aid to Rwanda.

Rwanda has vehemently denied allegations of fomenting trouble in Eastern Congo, insisting it does not benefit from the conflict and the insecurity it breeds.

President Paul Kagame recently rubbished the United Nations (UN) report, saying Kigali is yet to contribute “even one bullet” to the M23 rebellion.

The rebels have also denied receiving support from Rwanda.

M23 military head Col Sultan Makenga said they obtain weapons and ammunition from DRC forces after defeating them in battles.

“We are committed to finding lasting solutions to the conflict in this region and will work with the Governments of Rwanda and DRC to secure a peaceful resolution to the situation in eastern DRC,” said Greening.

The UK Government also announced that DFID will provide a further £18 million of support for immediate humanitarian needs in DRC which will provide 100,000 people with three months of emergency food assistance, as well as access to clean water, essential household items and emergency education for more than 130,000 people.

United Kingdom on November 23 threatened to cut aid to Rwanda following a United Nations investigation report that Kigali was backing M23 rebels in Eastern Congo.

UK further directed Uganda to “respond in full” to reports of funneling weapons and offering political assistance to the M23 leadership.

The two countries’ Presidents Paul Kagame and Yoweri Museveni, spent two days in Kampala a fortnight ago in roundtable talks with their DRC counterpart Joseph Kabila with the view to finding a lasting solution to the crisis.

Foreign Secretary William Hague and Greening said last week the Security Council discussed on 21 November the new UN Group of Experts report, which presented evidence of the Government of Rwanda and individuals within Uganda supporting the rebel group M23.

“All such support is unacceptable, damaging to the security of the region, and in direct contravention of UN Security Council 2076, which demands that any and all outside support to the M23 cease immediately.”

The M23 rebels have started pulling out of Goma following a directive by Great Lakes leaders’ meeting chaired by President Yoweri Museveni in Kampala last week.


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