By: David Himbara
Two top diplomats in the Obama Administration have confirmed that reports about Rwanda destabilization of the sister nation of Burundi” are credible.” Addressing the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Thomas Perriello, US envoy for the Great Lakes region of Africa, and Linda Thomas-Greenfield, US assistant secretary of state for African affairs, pointed the finger at Kagame’s Rwanda.
THIS is the first time the United States has publicly accused the Kagame regime of involvement in causing chaos in neighboring Burundi.
The Americans may have finally realized who they are dealing with. The United States historically has been an ally of Rwanda, but relations between the two continue to sour almost by the day. The latest chapter is revolving around Burundi, with Bujumbura accusing Kigali of serving as a springboard for the overthrow of President Nkurunziza.
A UN panel reported last week that Burundian refugees had been recruited at a refugee camp in eastern Rwanda in May and June 2015, and taught how to fight. The refugees said their “ultimate goal” was to remove Nkurunziza from power.
President Paul Kagame has used his standard response – DENY, DENY, DENY, AND DENY. One senses that the Rwandan ruler is being squeezed from every side. We await to see what happens next.