Rwanda Blasts UK Over Aid Suspension


price geneva;”>Minister Mushikiwabo pointed out that the repetition of false accusations does not make them true.

capsule geneva;”>“False, approved politically-motivated allegations against Rwanda serve the purposes of those who would rather ignore their responsibilities and not face up to the complex governance and security challenges that have afflicted the DRC over many decades,” said Mushikiwabo in a statement seen by Chimpreports.

She said blaming Rwanda might suit short term political ends but ultimately it hinders understanding of the conflict and puts an effective and lasting solution further out of reach.

The International Development Secretary, Justine Greening, announced Friday that the UK Government will not release its next payment of budget support to Rwanda.

The £21 million payment of general budget support, which was due in December, is not being disbursed as a result of what Greening termed as a “breach of the partnership principles” set out in the Memorandum of Understanding between the two countries.

“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.”

According to Mushikiwabo, “leveraging aid and development funds to punish or reward the perceived conduct of recipients, or to placate domestic critics, is contrary to the partnership philosophy that has helped make the collaboration between Rwanda and the UK among the most successful of its kind.”

She maintained this action harms Rwanda and does nothing to help the DRC.

Minister Mushikiwabo said Rwanda would continue to be part of the solution within the ICGLR:

“The bottom line for Rwanda is stability in Eastern DRC and in the region – this is what is important for us. We will continue the work started with member states in our region and hope that the international community will support this process and contribute constructively.”

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.

UK said it committed to finding lasting solutions to the conflict in the region and will work with the Governments of Rwanda and DRC to secure a peaceful resolution to the situation in eastern DRC.

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.


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