DRC – Rwanda: Relations are cold, but not frozen, says Vincent Karega

By Stanis Bujakera Tshiamala
Posted on Friday, 4 November 2022 16:12, updated on Thursday, 10 November 2022 11:14

Vincent Karega. © Twitter Vincent Karega

Vincent Karega, Rwanda’s former ambassador to DRC, speaks about the critical situation between the two neighbours after his expulsion from Kinshasa.

Although he arrived by plane in Ndjili in July 2020, Karega left Kinshasa 27 months later on a small boat bound for Kigali via Brazzaville.

The latest act in a series of political and diplomatic escalations between the two neighbours, the dismissal of Rwanda’s ambassador to DRC on 31 October does not mark a “break in diplomatic relations“, says Karega.

While DRC has been accusing Kigali of supporting the M23 since November and the rebel group’s latest offensive is underway, Karega agreed to answer our questions.

How did you react when you were informed that you had to leave DRC?