Zambia denies accusations President Edgar Lungu bankrolled Rwandan rebels

Zambia President Edgar Lungu
Zambia President Edgar Lungu
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Lusaka – Zambia's government on Tuesday rejected claims that President Edgar Lungu had bankrolled a Rwandan rebel leader accused of orchestrating deadly attacks in his country's border regions.

The claims were made by the rebel chief, Callixte Nsabimana, who is on trial for terrorism and other charges. He has already admitted to working with other foreign governments against Rwanda.

During his latest hearing on Monday, Nsabimana told a Rwandan high court that Lungu had promised his National Liberation Front (FLN) $1 million to help oust the administration in Kigali.

He said Lungu had made a down payment of $150 000 in support of "rebel attacks to remove President Paul Kagame from power".

'Strong and fraternal relations'

In a statement on Tuesday, the Zambian presidency said it "would like to categorically refute these claims".

It stated "unequivocally that these allegations are false and must be treated with the contempt they deserve".

"The governments and peoples of Zambia and Rwanda continue to enjoy strong and fraternal relations founded on mutual respect," said the statement from presidential spokesperson Isaac Chipambe.

Nsabimana, also known as "Sankara", has in previous hearings named Burundi and Uganda as supporters of the rebel activities against Rwanda.

The rebel commander is charged with terrorism, treason, incitement of violence, murder and kidnapping among other charges.


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