In a press conference on April 27, 2020 in Kigali, Rwandan President Paul Kagame said that, according to information gathered by his intelligence services, the Burundian army operates in DRC.
“Through our intelligence collection, which we share by the way with those who are supposed to be dealing with the situation, because we give it to them when we have collected it, so that they can actually do what they are supposed to do. Our sources tell us we have forces from Burundi, government forces from Burundi, operating in that region,”
“We have a number of rebel groups, you can’t count them easily, in that situation. They involve Burundians, they involve people from here, those old groups connected with FDLR (Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Rwanda) that kept breaking up into different groups,” he said, adding that all those groups have been active in that area, working with different groups such as the Mai Mai and other groups from Burundi, all fighting each other.
A few days ago, a civil society movement alerted a possible Burundian troops incursion in UVira region.
What explains the presence of Burundian troops in Uvira region?
The presence of Burundian troops in the Uvira region aims to neutralize local militiamen supported by Rwanda.
Burundi accuses Rwanda of having helped and planned the failed coup d’état of May 13, 2015 in Burundi, and hosting and training its opponents militarily in order to disrupt the holding of the presidential, legislative and municipal elections scheduled for May 20.
For his part, Kigali accuses Burundi of collaborating with the Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Rwanda (FDLR) accused of having committed a genocide against the Tutsis in 1994.