Kagame, Guebuza in private talks on SADC condemnation

Friday August 31 2012

Mozambican President and new chairperson of SADC Armando Guebuza delivers a speech on August 18, 2112 at the closing ceremony of the 32nd SADC summit in Maputo. During the two-day meeting, the conflict in eastern DR Congo topped the agenda. Photo/AFP

Mozambican President and new chairperson of SADC Armando Guebuza delivers a speech on August 18, 2112 at the closing ceremony of the 32nd SADC summit in Maputo. During the two-day meeting, the conflict in eastern DR Congo topped the agenda. Photo/AFP  

By Edmund Kagire

Rwanda engaged in diplomatic efforts to contain the fallout from the Southern African Development Community’s recent condemnation of its alleged role in the ongoing rebellion in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo.

The condemnation was made during a recent SADC Heads of State summit held in Maputo on August 17-18, where the bloc called on Rwanda “to cease immediately its interference that constitutes a threat to peace and stability, not only of the DRC, but also of the SADC region.”

Mozambican President Armando Guebuza, the current chairperson of SADC was in Kigali “to engage the government of Rwanda with the aim of urging it to stop military support to armed rebels in the DRC” as mandated by SADC Summit.

The SADC reaction was a surprise, piling more pressure on Kigali, which has repeatedly denied he allegations of its involvement in DRC, detailed in the addendum of the United Nations Group of Experts report.

However, Rwanda Today has learnt that the country’s top leadership has dismissed SADC’s “hasty condemnation,”