The government of Rwanda has changed its position on President Paul Kagame’s stance that the nation will no longer provide asylum to anyone escaping turmoil in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
Refugees crossing the border into Rwanda, according to Mr. Kagame, are “not Rwanda’s responsibility.”
The president declared, “I am refusing that Rwanda should bear this responsibility.
However, government spokesman Yolande Makolo stressed in a statement on Tuesday night that Rwanda has no plans to prohibit or expel refugees.
She said that President Kagame’s comments had been misrepresented by the media.
“What the President addressed was the blatant hypocrisy in criticising Rwanda which simultaneously gets the blame for state failure in the DRC [DR Congo], and is then expected to accommodate those who seek refuge from the consequences of that failure,” she tweeted.