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March 2-8, 2015

Media Monitoring Report for Rwanda
Posted on March 9, 2015

Compiled by Berta Fürstová

Report content:

1. According to Rwandan returnees, there is no sign of imminent attack on FDLR militia
2. Rwanda tries to stabilize diplomatic relations with Tanzania


1. According to Rwandan returnees, there is no sign of imminent attack on FDLR militia
Private but pro-government newspapers

New Times, 8 th March 2015

“‘Over 70 return from DR Congo” by Jean d'Amour Mbonyinshuti

  • Seventy seven Rwandans returned home after living as refugees in eastern DR Congo for more than 20 years. “I am very happy that I have managed to return home after living a terrible life as a refugee. I never had hope of returning to my country because we had always been told lies that Rwanda was insecure and those who returned before us were killed upon arrival,” said Jean Bosco Musafiri. With the aid of UNHCR, his family managed to came back to Rwanda.
  • The returnees said that the FDLR was still active and causing insecurity despite international calls asking the government of DR Congo to disarm the militia. Fidel Ntamuhanga, a former FDLR fighter, said that there was nothing to show that authorities in DR Congo would soon disarm and demobilize FDLR fighters.

2. Rwanda tries to stabilize diplomatic relations with Tanzania
Private independent newspapers

News of Rwanda, 8th March 2015

“‘Rwanda, Tanzania stabilize diplomatic relations” by Gahiji Innocent

  • President Paul Kagame invited to Kigali his Tanzanian counterpart Jakaya Kikwete to attend the 9th Northern Corridor Integration Projects summit. The Northern Corridor is the transport corridor linking the landlocked countries of Uganda, Rwanda, South Sudan and Burundi to Kenya’s Maritime Port of Mombasa.
  • “I want to extend my thanks to President Paul Kagame for inviting me to this summit,” said Kikwete. It is another step to establish friendlier diplomatic relations since 2013 when President Kikwete suggested that the Rwandan government should open talks with the FDLR militia.
  • The opposition politicians in Tanzania used the parliament to pressure President Kikwete to mend fences with Rwanda. However, Kikwete’s government told parliament it was not going to apologise to Kigali over the statements.
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