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UN experts accuse Rwanda of supporting DR Congo rebels

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A group of independent experts from the United Nations have accused Rwanda of providing military and logistic support for rebels in the troubled eastern Democratic Republic of Congo.

In a 236-page document presented to the UN Security Council on Friday, the experts accuse Rwandan Army of “engaging in military operations” against DR Congo’s military in the country’s troubled east.

The report which is expected to be published in the coming days, comes after the DRC again, accused Rwanda of backing the M23 rebels which has been causing havoc in the eastern part of the country.

The report said there was substantial evidence that the Rwandan army directly intervened in Congo’s fight against M23 rebels, and that it had supported the group with weapons, ammunition and uniforms.

Though Rwanda has repeatedly denied supporting the rebels, the UN experts’ report further indicted the Rwandan military of “reinforcing” the M23 in their clashes with the DRC soldiers.

Part of the report stated that Rwanda provided troop reinforcements to the M23 “for specific operations, in particular when these were aimed at seizing strategic towns and areas.”

It added that Rwandan troops also led joint attacks with M23 fighters against Congolese positions in May, according to the report.

But the Rwandese authorities have denied the allegations of supporting the M23 rebels.

While reacting to the accusation, Rwanda’s deputy government spokesman, Alain Mukuralinda, said his country had not seen the substance of the report or the evidence it was based upon.

“Today, as long as we have not seen the material evidence, as long as we have not examined this so-called evidence, it is difficult to take a position.

“We do not support the M23, we do not need it,” he said.

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Zambian Police to charge ex-President Lungu over ‘people will rise’ comment

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The Zambian Police says they are going to charge former President Edgar Lungu to court over a recent comment credited to him where he was quoted as saying the “People will rise,” which the police deem inciting.

National Police spokesman, Rae Hamoonga, who gave the indication that the ex-President would be prosecuted over the comment, said the implication of the statement was being assessed, and appropriate legal actions may be taken.

According to reports, Lungu had made the remark when he said ordinary Zambiand would rise if the police continued with the harassment of Patriotic Front (PF) and other opposition members.

But in a statement on Tuesday, Hamoonga said the remarks made by Lungu apparently led to an unrest at the Kabwata Police Station where his followers at the were teargassed and arrested.

He warned that a police station was a protected place by law and that any misconduct within its premises would not be tolerated.

“Today, the actions taken by Kabwata police were in accordance with the law,” Hamoonga said.

The police spokesman noted that the arrest of the Lungu-led PF Chairperson for Information and Publicity, Emmanuel Mwamba, alongside three others on Monday was executed lawfully.

“The police managed to confiscate three drums used by an unruly crowd and these will serve as crucial evidence ” he stated.

Hamoonga further warned that a police station was not a playground for disorderly conduct and individuals engaging in illegal activities within its confines were liable to be arrested.

“The police are committed to upholding the law and ensuring the safety and security of all citizens,” Hamoonga emphasized, while reiterating the importance of respecting the law and maintaining order, emphasizing that a police station was not a venue for disruptive behavior.

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Nigerian govt debunks coup reports

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The Nigerian government has dismissed a report that has been making the rounds in the past couple of days of a coup plot by some disgruntled military officers, saying the rumour was not only “unequivocally false”, but “fake and heinous act of disinformation.”

Minister of Information and National Orientation, Mohammed Idris, who made the denial in a statement on Tuesday, said such reports were not only baseless but mere “figment of the warped imagination of detractors, whose malicious intent was to destabilise the country and undermine the present administration.”

The Minister noted that the President Bola Tinubu-led administration would neither be distracted nor intimidated into abandoning the ongoing reforms aimed at rejuvenating the economy and creating a pathway of prosperity for the citizenry.

“It is now evident that some desperate individuals have resorted to publishing fake news to erode public trust in the government and sow the seed of discord in the country,” Idris said.

He added that the government would exercise its rights within the Federal Republic of Nigeria’s laws to contain rogue actions aimed at destabilizing national security and the nation’s hard-earned democracy.

The Minister further urged the Nigerian public to “exercise discernment and refrain from spreading or amplifying the unfounded report,” which was being strategically planted on some pliant and compromised news platforms to subvert the nation’s democracy.

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