Vincent Biruta demands release of Rwandans held by DRC’s intelligence

By Jeune Afrique
Posted on Thursday, 10 November 2022 13:20

Rwanda's Foreign Minister Vincent Biruta © Simon Wohlfahrt / AFP

In a letter sent on 4 November to his Congolese counterpart, Rwanda’s Foreign Affairs Minister protested against “the increasing harassment of Rwandans living in the DRC”. Two people are said to be imprisoned at the premises of DRC’s intelligence services.

While the fighting against the M23 rebels has intensified since 20 October, the tension between Kigali and Kinshasa has been rising daily on the diplomatic front since the expulsion of Rwandan ambassador Vincent Karega on 31 October.

Although quiet mediation efforts are ongoing behind the scenes, a letter obtained by Jeune Afrique indicates that Rwanda’s Foreign Affairs Minister Vincent Biruta has once again pounded his fist on the table.