Rwanda blasts decisions to withdraw aid

2012-07-28 22:32

Dakar - Decisions by international donors to withdraw aid to Rwanda are "hasty" and "based on flimsy evidence", Foreign Minister Louise Mushikiwabo reportedly has said.

Britain on Saturday joined The Netherlands and United States in withholding aid donations following allegations that Rwanda backed M23 rebels, led by Bosco Ntaganda in the neighbouring Democratic Republic of Congo.

Ntaganda is wanted by the International Criminal Court on war crimes charges.

Britain it would withhold a total of $25m in aid. The Netherlands has said it will freeze more than $6m, while the US last week cut $200 000 in military aid.

Mushikiwabo told the Kigali-based New Times newspaper she would challenge the decision by European donors and "reassure" them.

"Rwanda cannot afford this kind of distraction," she said.

  • dexter.morganson - 2012-07-28 23:59

    Here's a radical idea that no one in Africa ever thought of. Create and maintain a political and economic system in which the country won't be depended on foreign aid to carry the entire nation. Funny how leaders like Mugabe can say "Stop leaning on White people" but when the hand outs gets cut off then they want to cry foul play.

  • Vince.York - 2012-07-29 10:18

    Eeking money out of Europeans by Africans is a PROFESSION here in our continent. I get a strong feeling that all European and American and nations pouring funds into Africa should all be taken before the International Courts for destroying the hope and opportunity for normal African business and endeavour to rather uplift Africa versus these smooth operators that use drugs, child trafficking and prostitution as better vehicles and tools to obtain indecent lump sums of money that NEVER reach the people or intended venture.

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