Democratic Republic of Congo President Joseph Kabila's
government is reportedly accusing Rwanda of supporting rebel incursions, a move
that Kinshasa says could escalate diplomatic tension between the two countries.
The Kabila government says Kigali is sending troops across the border
and fighting in support of renegade General Laurent Nkunda's rebel group.
Rwanda has denied the charge. This comes after the United Nations condemned the
renegade general for saying he would launch an offensive to take over the
country. Jack Kahora is the VOA
correspondent. He tells reporter Peter Clottey from Goma near North Kivu
Province the Kabila government says it has proof to support its claims.
condition at the moment is really sad because clashes resumed yesterday
(Wednesday) and the fact were very strong and made some people aware in the
villages to move to the IDP (Internally Displaced Persons) camps. And today
there is a serious humanitarian crisis in the region and with the fighting,
which is ongoing there are increasing number of IDP'S, which makes it the more
serious," Kahora said.
said humanitarian agencies are finding it challenging to reach out to the
displaced persons because of the escalated clashes between the army and the
it has been quite difficult to have access to most of the Internally displaced
persons (IDP) who have been running way from their homes since the end of the
month of August up till now. So, it is really a crisis that needs everyone's
attention and the authorities here are speaking about it claiming there are
about over a million and half people so far displaced because of the ongoing
clashes. And this is a very serious situation," he said.
Kahora said Kinshasa's accusation is based evidence that it
claims to have gathered in the areas where Rwandan forces have allegedly
on the different sources they have been collecting. I was told by the
administrator of the territory of Rituru, that is Domic Bofundo, who said that
all the clashes, which are taking place in his area when they go on the
battlefield to collect the bodies of those soldiers who have died, the identity
cards on these demised soldiers, they find that those are of Rwanda. He also
said sometimes the retrieved mobile phones on these soldiers were from Rwanda
because when they used the phones all the numbers including the phones had
Rwandan numbers or are from Kigali," Kahora pointed out.
said diplomatic tensions between Kinshasa and Kigali are high.
is true that the relationships are not good with these two countries because
since 1996 and 1998, all the wars, which occurred in the region and even today,
are as a result of the bad relationship between the authorities in both
countries are not in good shape. If you would remember here is an organization,
which works with all neighboring countries including DRC, Rwanda and Burundi to
resolve issues, the government of Kinshasa does not welcome the organization in
the country. So, this goes a long way to show how porous the relationship
between Kigali and Kinshasa even though the United States and the European
Union were being the establishment of the organization," he said.