ARM Rwanda Operations Hinged Oo Suit Outcome

On March 23, 2018

[East African] The outcome of a case befRead more

Rwanda, Tanzania Agree on Electric SGR, Opt for Open Tender

On March 23, 2018

[East African] Rwanda and Tanzania are rRead more

Kigali Ready for Talks With Kampala to End Tiff

On March 23, 2018

[East African] Rwanda and Uganda seem toRead more

Kigali Muslims to Appeal Loudspeaker Ban

On March 23, 2018

[East African] Rwanda's Muslim leaders hRead more

Rwanda Gets Rwf885 Million Grant to Fast-Track Integration Projects

On March 23, 2018

[New Times] Rwanda will receive ?832,615Read more

Nyundo Band, Urukerereza Charm AU Guests

On March 23, 2018

[New Times] When Rwanda hosts big eventsRead more

Kigali's Traffic Jams of the Last Few Days a Necessary Learning Curve

On March 23, 2018

[New Times] Driving around Kigali a dayRead more

Rwandan Youth to Benefit From Mastercard Job-Creation Initiative

On March 23, 2018

[New Times] Up to 30 million youth fromRead more

Rwandan Designers Eye European Market

On March 23, 2018

[New Times] If you are in Europe and youRead more

Rwanda Secures Rwf58 Billion Loan for Ngoma-Ramiro Road Upgrade

On March 23, 2018

[New Times] The Japanese government hasRead more

CBA Takes Over Rwanda Bank After Closing U.S.$9.69 Million Buyout

On March 22, 2018

[East African] The Commercial Bank of AfRead more

Female Artists Hold Group Show in Honour of Women's Month

On March 22, 2018

[New Times] Six contemporary female artiRead more

DJ Africano on His Experience at Spring Break in Atlanta

On March 22, 2018

[New Times] The venue was the Crazy AltaRead more

Closing the Gender Gap in Photography

On March 22, 2018

[New Times] Vestina Kalisa defines her tRead more

Now That the Dust Has Settled On the CFTA, It Is Time to Implement

On March 22, 2018

[New Times] Finally, the deal is done. ARead more

Experts Urge Govts on Clean Cooking Solutions Financing

On March 22, 2018

[New Times] Policy makers need to take cRead more

Burundian Refugees Relocated From Nyarushishi Transit Centre

On March 22, 2018

[New Times] Some Burundian refugees whoRead more

Rally De L'est Set to Start This Weekend

On March 22, 2018

[New Times] The annual national motorspoRead more

Govt Moves to Ban Toxic Gases Used in Fridges

On March 22, 2018

[New Times] The Ministry of EnvironmentRead more

Is There a Chill Beteeen Rwanda and Uganda?

On March 22, 2018

[Monitor] Uganda and Rwanda enjoy a veryRead more

Senators Root for Reintegration of Released Genocide Convicts

On March 22, 2018

[New Times] Members of the Upper House oRead more

Why Museveni Called Off Trip to Free Trade Meeting

On March 22, 2018

[Monitor] Kampala -President Museveni caRead more

Rwanda, Tanzania Police Forces Conduct Joint Operations Along River Kagera

On March 22, 2018

[New Times] Rwanda National Police (RNP)Read more

Real Estate Developers Urged to Integrate Affordable Housing With Social Services

On March 22, 2018

[New Times] The social mix or integratioRead more

Rwanda Among Top Spenders of Internet Connectivity Funds

On March 21, 2018

[New Times] Rwanda is among top four AfrRead more

Commercial Bank of Africa Officially Launches Rwanda Operations

On March 21, 2018

[New Times] Commercial Bank of Africa (CRead more

President Joao Lourenco in Kigali for Heads of State Summit

On March 21, 2018

[ANGOP] Kigali -The President of the RepRead more

South Africa to Lift Visa Restrictions for Rwandans

On March 21, 2018

[New Times] South African President CyriRead more

U.S.$53 Million Deal to Boost Cross-Border Trade

On March 21, 2018

[New Times] Government and TradeMark EasRead more

Mnangagwa to Sign Free Trade Area Pact in Rwanda

On March 20, 2018

[New Zimbabwe] President Emmerson MnangaRead more

Exclusive: Burundi rebels say trained by Rwandan military – U.N. experts

Exclusive: Burundi rebels say trained by Rwandan military – U.N. experts


A protester sets up a barricade during a protest against Burundi President Pierre Nkurunziza in Bujumbura, Burundi, May 22, 2015. REUTERS/Goran Tomasevic/Files
A protester sets up a barricade during a protest against Burundi President Pierre Nkurunziza in Bujumbura, Burundi, May 22, 2015. REUTERS/Goran Tomasevic/Files


A confidential report to the United Nations Security Council accuses Rwanda of recruiting and training Burundian refugees with the goal of ousting Burundian President Pierre Nkurunziza.

The report by experts who monitor sanctions on Democratic Republic of Congo, which was seen by Reuters on Wednesday, contained the strongest testimony yet that Rwanda is meddling in Burundi affairs and comes amid fears that worsening political violence could escalate into mass atrocities.

The report cites accounts from several rebel fighters, who told the sanctions monitors the training was done in a forest camp in Rwanda.

Nkurunziza’s re-election for a third term last year sparked the country’s crisis and raised concerns that there could be a bloody ethnic conflict in a region where memories of Rwanda’s 1994 genocide are still fresh.

The experts said in the report that they had spoken with 18 Burundian combatants in eastern Congo’s South Kivu province.

“They all told the group that they had been recruited in the Mahama Refugee Camp in eastern Rwanda in May and June 2015 and were given two months of military training by instructors, who included Rwandan military personnel,” according to the report.

The Burundian combatants, which included six children, told the U.N. experts they were trained in military tactics, use of assault rifles and machine guns, grenades, anti-personnel and anti-tank mines, mortars and rocket-propelled grenades.

They said there were at least four companies of 100 recruits each being trained in a forest camp while they were there.

“They were transported around Rwanda in the back of military trucks, often with Rwandan military escort,” the U.N. experts wrote. “They reported that their ultimate goal was to remove Burundian President Pierre Nkurunziza from power.”

Burundi and Rwanda have the same ethnic mix, about 85 percent Hutus and 15 percent Tutsis. A 12-year civil war in Burundi, which ended in 2005, pitted a Tutsi-led army against Hutu rebel groups.

Rwandan U.N. Ambassador Eugene Gasana dismissed the accusations against Kigali contained in the report and told Reuters, “This further undermines the credibility of the Group of Experts, which seems to have extended its own mandate, but apparently investigating Burundi.”

The U.N. report did not say why the Burundian fighters had crossed into Congo. But Russia’s Deputy U.N. Ambassador Petr Iliichev said last month that there had been reports of Burundian rebels trying to recruit more fighters in Congo.

“The Burundian combatants showed the group fake DRC identification cards that had been produced for them in Rwanda, so they could avoid suspicion while in the DRC,” the report said.

Burundi accused Rwanda in December of supporting a rebel group that was recruiting Burundian refugees on Rwandan soil, but Rwandan President Paul Kagame dismissed the allegations as “childish.”

The accusations by Burundi were prompted by the charity Refugees International, which said in a December report it was “deeply concerned” by claims of Burundian refugees in Rwanda that they were being recruited by “non-state armed groups”.

The U.N. Security Council traveled to Burundi in late January, its second visit to the country in less than 10 months. The United Nations has estimated the death toll at 439 people but has said it could be higher. More than 240,000 people have fled abroad and the country’s economy is in crisis.

U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Samantha Power said during the visit to Burundi that the 15-member council had expressed concern about the allegations of external interference.

(Reporting by Michelle Nichols and Louis Charbonneau; Editing by Toni Reinhold)

This article was posted at:

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *