The Governor of Rwanda’s Western Province, François Habitegeko, on Tuesday, categorically refuted “the baseless accusations” from the spokesperson of neighboring DR Congo’s North Kivu Province.
Gen Sylvain Ekenge, the spokesperson for the North Kivu Governor has accused the Rwanda Defence Force (RDF) of supporting armed elements that attacked FARDC.
The attacks were first reported on Monday in the villages of Tshanzu and Runyoni, about 31 miles northeast of the North Kivu Provincial capital, Goma.
At a press briefing, Gen Ekenge paraded two men whom he alleged were captured Rwandan soldiers supporting the M23 rebels in the Congolese territory of Rutshuru.
While accusing Rwanda of conspiring with M23 rebels, Ekenge claimed that the two soldiers were arrested during the attacks.
In a statement, Habitegeko said: “We are made aware of a communiqué and media reports emanating from the Spokesperson of the North Kivu Governor, which, in the name of FARDC, accuses Rwanda Defence Force of supporting armed elements that attacked FARDC in areas of Tshanzu and Runyoni.”