Bu­rundi ac­cuses Rwanda of train­ing rebels

Daily Trust - - INTERNATIONAL -

Bu­rundi has ac­cused neigh­bour­ing Rwanda of train­ing rebels seek­ing to desta­bilise the coun­try.

It is host­ing Bu­rundi’s failed coup leader, and help­ing rebels launch cross-bor­der at­tacks, For­eign Min­is­ter Alain Nyamitwe told the BBC.

Rwanda de­nies the al­le­ga­tion, and says Bu­rundi is try­ing to de­flect at­ten­tion from its own prob­lems.

The two gov­ern­ments have a tense re­la­tion­ship, with both coun­tries shar­ing a sim­i­lar eth­nic make-up.

Bu­rundi has been hit by a spate of as­sas­si­na­tions and at­tempted as­sas­si­na­tions since Pres­i­dent Pierre Nku­run­z­iza won dis­puted elec­tions in July.

He sur­vived a coup at­tempt in March. It was led by rene­gade Gen Gode­froid Niy­ombare, who op­posed his bid for a third term.

Gen Niy­ombare has not been seen in public since then.

Mr Nyamitwe told the BBC Kin­yarwanda ser­vice that Rwanda was “fa­cil­i­tat­ing” at­tacks that the coup plot­ters were orches­trat­ing in Bu­rundi.

“We also have ex­ten­sive in­for­ma­tion about re­cruit­ments in refugee camps, es­pe­cially in Ma­hama refugee camp, where refugees are taken for mil­i­tary train­ing, and some of the train­ers are Rwan­dans,” he added.

On Tues­day, Rwanda’s for­eign min­istry of­fi­cial Olivier Nduhun­girehe ac­cused Bu­rundi of har­bour­ing rebels from the Demo­cratic Forces for the Lib­er­a­tion of Rwanda (FDLR) group, which was linked to the 1994 geno­cide in Rwanda.

Mr Nyamitwe said a factfind­ing team, sent to Bu­rundi by re­gional lead­ers, found there was no truth to the al­le­ga­tion.

Troops loyal to Bu­rundi’s gov­ern­ment thwarted a coup at­tempt in March

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