This week a UN leaked report to Foreign policy magazine revealed that Rwandan Defence Forces have been supporting rebels in Democratic Republic of Congo.
“The group has gathered overwhelming evidence demonstrating that senior RDF [Rwandan Defence Forces] officers, in their official capacities, have been backstopping the rebels through providing weapons, military supplies, and new recruits,” it says.
Rwanda’s foreign minister has dismissed the claims and described the the incomplete report as biased .
Louise Mushikiwabo said in a statement that Rwanda has never backed a mutiny in neighbouring Democratic Republic of Congo and so violating an arms embargo.
“This is a one-sided preliminary document based on partial findings and is still subject to verification,” Mushikiwabo said
“We intend to provide factual evidence that the charges against Rwanda are false. These, as well as Rwanda’s own allegations, will hopefully be reflected in the final UN report due in November,” Mushikiwabo said.
The report says “Over the course of its investigation since late 2011, the group (of experts) has found substantial evidence attesting to support from Rwandan officials to armed groups operating in the eastern DRC,”
The current mutiny is being led by fighters from Gen Bosco Ntaganda’s former rebel group the CNDP, which was integrated into the Congolese national army in 2009 as part of a peace deal.
Ntaganda also known as the “Terminator” says that he has has no involvement in the recent army mutiny.