U.S. cuts military aid to Rwanda over Congo rebel support

U.S. cuts military aid to Rwanda over Congo rebel support Us-300x210(Reuters) – The U.S. government said Saturday it will cut military aid to Rwanda for this year, citing evidence Kigali is supporting rebels in the Democratic Republic of Congo, in a significant step by one of Rwanda’s staunchest allies.

Rwanda has denied reports by United Nations experts and rights groups that it is backing eastern Congolese rebels, including the M23 group, which has seized parts of North Kivu province in fighting that has displaced over 260,000 people since April.

The U.S. State Department cited evidence of Rwandan support for the rebels in announcing the military aid suspension.

« The United States government is deeply concerned about the evidence that Rwanda is implicated in the provision of support to Congolese rebel groups, including M23, » said Hilary Fuller Renner, a State Department spokeswoman, in an emailed statement.

« We will not obligate $200,000 in Fiscal Year 2012 Foreign Military Financing funds that were intended to support a Rwandan academy for non-commissioned officers. These funds will be reallocated for programming in another country, » she said.

Washington has stood by Rwanda in the past despite the tiny nation’s long history of involvement in wars in vast neighboring Congo.

Rwanda’s foreign minister has previously said reports of its involvement in Congo fighting were « disingenuous » and a bid to make Rwanda a scapegoat for its neighbor’s problems. Officials in Kigali were not immediately available for comment on the U.S. aid cut.

Renner said Washington was in the process of assessing whether further steps should be taken in response to Rwanda’s actions in Congo.

She said the United States would continue to help Rwanda support peacekeeping missions. Rwanda has a major peacekeeping presence in Sudan’s Darfur region.

Although the amount of cash being withheld is small, analysts said the move clearly signaled Washington’s displeasure.

« The U.S. government has been a longstanding ally of the Rwandan government. This step, even if symbolic, is emblematic of a shift in perception – if not necessarily in aid – in Washington, » said independent Congo expert Jason Stearns.

Rwanda sent its army into Congo, then called Zaire, in the mid 1990s, ostensibly to hunt down Rwandan Hutu rebels who fled there after the 1994 genocide.

A decade of conflict followed, in which Rwandan forces helped Congolese rebels topple the dictator Mobutu Sese Seko. They then fell out with the rebels they initially backed, sparking a war that sucked in other neighboring armies and officially ended in 2003.

The current rebellion comes after three years of generally improved relations between Kinshasa and Kigali since the latter helped end a 2004-9 eastern Congolese uprising, which Rwanda was also accused of backing.

The leaders of Congo and Rwanda agreed at a meeting this month to allow a neutral force to be deployed in Congo to defeat each others’ rebels, but the plan’s details have not been announced yet.

Source:Reuters

 

 


13 commentaires

  1. maso dit :

    Jerry tu as raison……………….

  2. Jerry dit :

    Maze gusoma izi comments numva twasangira ibi bitekerezo:

    1)Ntabwo umuntu wese utavuga rumwe na Kagame ari umugenocidaire cyangwa umuhutu extremiste ushaka kumara abatutsi.Ingero zirahari nyinshi nk’iza ba Twagiramungu,nyakwigendera Rwisereka Kagwa n’abandi.N’abandika kuri uru rubuga baduhaye imyirondoro yabo abenshi twatungurwa.

    2)Uretse mu ngoma nyine z’igitugu, kunenga ubuyobozi ni uburenganzira bwa buri muturage ukunda igihugu cye.Ntibivuze kandi ko hari icyo aba apfa n’uwo muyobozi ku giti cye.Uretse no mu Rwanda rutarabasha guha abaturage bose amazi n’umuriro cyangwa kuvana abantu bose muri nyakatsi, mu bihugu by’ibihangange birufasha bagira oppositions zivuga ku mugaragaro ibitagenda.Abavuga ko u Rwanda ari paradizo ni uko bari mu kazu k’abagande,bigiza nkana cyangwa bakaba ari injiji zitigeze zirusohokamo ngo zirebe aho ibindi bihugu bigeze mu majyambere.

    Ubundi uretse kwijijisha, mu Rwanda ntihaba hari opposition yigenga ngo Kagame atsindire kuri 93% nka Kinani(keretse niba aba bamuvugira bemera ko na Habyarimana rirya 100% koko yabaga yaribonye).Ni ibintu biteye isoni iyo wibutse ko demokarasi na leta igendera ku mategeko(rule of law) byari ku mwanya wa mbere n’uwa kabiri ku rutonde rw’intego za FPR igihe yari mu ishyamba.Gucyura impunzi byari ku mwanya wa karindwi.

    None se koko ubu tuvuge ko Kagame arusha gukundwa abantu nka ba Roosevelt bazuye ubutunzi bwa Amerika muri za 1920, ba De Gaulle na Churchill bakijije Hitler isi,cyangwa Museveni wamushyize ku butegetsi?Ko batigeze batsindira ku majwi nk’ariya?Na Mandela aba Prezida ntiyatowe n’abirabura bose kuko barenga 80% muri Afrika y’Epfo kandi akaba yaratsindiye munsi ya 70%.Amajwi nk’ariya tuyaheruka mu Burusiya bwenda gusenyuka.

    3)Uretse kwihagararaho ntawe uyobewe ko iyo Inkotanyi zitagira abanyamerika n’abongereza ubu ziba ziticaye i Kigali.Iyo abanyamerika badakora pression ngo Abafaransa bave mu Rwanda hanyuma ingabo za Habyarimana zifatirwe embargo iriya ntambara ntiyari kurangira.Ntawe uyobewe ko intambara ya Joseph Desire Kabila yihuse kubera ko abanyamerika bari bazimije radio de communication z’abasilikare ba Mobutu.Uretse gukabya abanyamerika bashatse ko ubutegetsi buhinduka mu Rwanda byabananira?

    Kagame aracyari Prezida aracyafite chance zo guhinduka,kuko burya Amerika ni igihugu cyashinzwe n’abarokore bemera ko iyo umuntu yicushije ibyaha bye abikuye ku mutima ahinduka n’Imana ikamubabarira.Ariko nk’uko babimubwiye nakomeza kuvunira ibiti mu matwi bazarushaho kumukanda.U Rwanda si Zimbabwe cyangwa Israel.

  3. mugabo dit :

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  4. Gisa Tima dit :

    mwese ntacyo dupfa ariko ndavuga kubana bacu baguye kurugamba abandi bagakubitwa udufuni impamvu ngo bananiwe gukomeza urugendo kandi aho yabaga yararashwe umuntu akicwa ngo yarize, nibyinshi navuga abandi bagirengo baratashye kuva 1959 Bagataha 1994 ingoma yigitugu nironda karere ikabasubiza iyo bavuye ntakimbabaza nka nka bakuru banjye bari kuza nkura mumahanga yicishije udufuni, igihe kirageze uwifuriza ineza undi abeho nuwakoze neza abeho, abagome nka….. babyishyure

  5. mr dit :

    Nsekarije na Rukataza, izo ni imvugo zanyu tumenyereye hashize 18 ans igihe twabirukansaga. Imana yarabavumye kubera inzirakarengane mwatsembye. Akanyu rero kararangiye. Abafaransa barizunguje ishyerezo baza kudushaka. Biriya by’abanyamerika byo n’ikinamico, baragirango Nsekarije na Rukataza umwuka wari ugiye guhera bahembuke….Iryo kinamico turarimenyereye. Burya si buno sha!!!!!

  6. Nsekalije dit :

    Kuri mr,

    Opposition iri hanze igizwe na:
    1)Abaturage benshi, abasoda, abategetsi bo ku ngoma ya Habyarimana, abo wise ‘Interahamwe.’

    2)Abari barahunze 1959, bagashinga FPR, bakayitangira imisanzu, bakayirwanira cyangwa bagatanga abana babo (utararashwe na FAR, Gaciro yamuhinze agafuni mu gatwe) bagera i Kigali mukabafata nk’ibize.

    3)Ingabo nyinshi zahoze muri RPF.
    4)Abanyarwanda benshi bahunze 1959, batiriwe batahuka kuza gutegekwa n’amanjwe GACIRO (Umwami…)

    5) Abasore n’inkumi bavukiye hanze batigeze bamenya igihugu cyabo.
    6)Abanyamahanga bakunda u Rwanda.

    Ibyuvuga byo gutoba igihugu, irondakoko, ukeka ko aba bose iyo nimero yawe ibafata?

    Urongera uti « Ayo mafaranga y’imfashanyo nibayatwime, Abashinwa bazayaduha cyangwa abandi ». Aha ntabwo urebye kure. Ngirango kuva mu nkambi ya Nakivale cyangwa andi mabarabara ya za Nairobi, kugera i Kigali + Urugwiro, hari ibihugu byabafashije cyane rwose (UK,US, Belgium….)ubungubu akaba ari igihe cyabyo cyo kwitera akantu, cyo kwihemba.

    Akaba ari nayo mpamvu bahora babohereza RDC gupfirayo ngo mubazanire Colta, bakore Mudasobwa , bayibagurishe ku giciro gihanitse. Biriya wavuze ni nk’uko umusore yarambagiza umukobwa, akamusaba, akamukwa, umunsi w’ubukwe wagera bakamushyingira undi.

    ibi nibyo abaperezida benshi ba Afurika bazira: kwibagirwa uwamuteretse ku butegetsi. Tuza mwene data, hari gashakabuhake wavuze ngo » La politique, c’est l’art de mentir le peuple ».

  7. Rukataza dit :

    Ubu hari kwigwa uburyo za ndege ze zari zigiye gufatirwa South Afrika akazihungisha zafatwa. Amazu, amahoteri, amato n’indi mitungo inyuranye iri hanze yakuye mu maboko y’abanyarwanda no muri Congo byose ubu biracungirwa hafi. Imitungo ye yo mu Rwanda yo ubu yatangiye kuyishyira ku isoko ariko sinzi niba hari uzatinyuka kuyigura.

    Naho uwiyita « Mr » uvuga ngo abantu bari mu nzozi, ntabwo azi ko « gukabya inzozi » bibaho. Ahubwo we wibereye mu zasabwe, azashiduka abandi bari kubyina intsinzi. Uretse ko nawe yivugira ko hagiye kuza Kagame wa 2. Ibyiza ni uko yamutegereza rero akazaba areba niba ari Kagame wa 2 koko.

    Banyarwanda mushyira mu gaciro (katari kamwe ka Kagame ariko) mwihangane rwose umwana ageze mu matako.

  8. umubyeyi dit :

    buri gihe ngo kagame ageze kuri mu teremuko,kagame ageze mu marembera,kagame byamurangiranye kagame mu muhaye ukwezi kumwe, rwose izo ndirimbo zanyu zacitse inkonda,zarambiranye,none se uwo muteremuko ntushira akomeza ateremukaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa, mura rushye kabisa babajyane indera

  9. mr dit :

    Yoo, nibayajyane ayo manjwe yabo!!!Yoo!!!abaterankunga bashaka kudufasha ntibabarika!!!! Uzarebe ko iryo shuri rizahagarara. Naho abiyita RWAKA na NSEKARIJE ibyo murimo ni indoto. Ibihe byarahindutse. Igihe cya Mobutu cyararangiye. Et puis uko abazungu bazunguzaga ba Mobutu ni ibyo mu gihe cyabo, biratandukanye n’ubu. Ni iyo kandi Kagame yagira icyo aba kubera abo bazungu murata, hazaza KAGAME 2. Ntiwibwire ko muzagarura ironda koko ryanyu cyangwa kongera kudutobera igihugu nka kera. Kagame yubatse systeme nziza, ikomeye, nta munyarwanda wakongera kugendera kuri systeme yanyu y’amacakubiri, rubanda nyamwinshi, amazuru n’ibindi bibi byose!!!!Erega agaciro k’abazungu k’igihe cya Mobutu kararangiye. Wabonye SARKOZY yaje i Kigali atitira iruhande rwa Kagame!!!!Bayatwime, abashinwa bazayaduha cyangwa abandi…….Icyo nizeye ijana kw’ijana ni uko ntacyo bizaduhungabanyaho, n’iryo shuri rizakomeza…..Naho Rwaka we na Nsekarije we nimwirire, KAGAME ntimumuzi….Ntiyagize ubwoba abirukansa, ubu nibwo abugize!!!!!!Yooooooooo!!!!!!!!

  10. Rwivanga dit :

    N’ubundi ngo ibijya gushya, bica amarenga. Umenya Kagame ageze kuri ya muteremuko yavuze ha mbere aha.

  11. umubyeyi dit :

    ikinyoma ngo mutahe

  12. Nsekalije dit :

    @ Rwaka,

    Sinzi niba wamubonye kuri France 24, umunyamakuru amubajije niba ahyigikira M23? UNDI AMUSUBIZANYA UMUJINYA MWINSHI, ngo ntibagahore bamubaza ibya Congo, ngo reka bavuge ku by’u Rwanda.

    Ibi bikaba byanyibukije abantu babiri, mu gihe cy’amareembeera yabo:

    1) UWILINGIYIMANA Agatha, wahoze ari premier Ministre w’u RWANDA muri 1994: asohotse mu nama, umunyamakuru yamubajije ibyinama yagezeho, ahita asuka amalira menshi cyane, avugana umujinya w’umuranduranzuzi ngo nibabibaze Habyarimana, ngo abahiseho batamubona.

    2) Mobutu ari iwe i Gbadolite, mu busitani, mu kayira k’amatafari ahashashe, umunyamakuru yamubajije niba ibihugu by’ibihangange by’inshuti ze bitaramukuyeho amaboko, cyane cyane umwami w’ababiligi.
    Yarabashubije ngo ntibyashoboka, ngo kuko bavukiye igihe kimwe kandi ngo bakaba bandikirana (Voir le film »Moboutu, Roi du Zaîre ». Ubundi ahonda agakoni yari yitwaje hasi inshuro nyinshiiiiiii, yitegereza imisozi imukikije, mbese yabonaga iyo misozi igenda imusiga.

    Oroshya gato ibyo bibazo wibaza byose ntuzatinda kubibonera ibisubizo. Abazungu? Ni abana babi.

  13. Rwaka dit :

    Yewe nibazako Kagame kamubayeho ariko mwe mutaba Kigali ngo murebe ubwoba afite fite umwe mushuti uba muba mucunga aherutse ku bwira ati ariko Afande ubwoba asigaranye nti busazwe ntise kubera iki ati aho asigaye yipangira uburinzi ijyendo ze akazikora bitunguranye ati akararaguzwa ati hari ikibazo nandi makuru ashobora kuba afite tutazi ati ntaryama yahisemo kujya yiryamira ku manywa yihangu.

    yewe nzaba mbarirwa.

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