Coup plotters sheltered by Rwanda declare war on Burundi

by Charles Kambanda

Dr. Charles Kambanda
Dr. Charles Kambanda

Rwanda is the official “hideout” for the Burundian government’s armed and unarmed “rebels” and/or opposition. Some Burundians in Rwanda, under Rwanda government protection, have openly declared war against the government of Burundi.

Kigali, which is the base for Burundian government armed and unarmed rebels and opposition, is hardly 100 miles from Burundi’s border with Rwanda.

Burundi and Rwanda are members of the East African community. Is Kagame’s decision to host and facilitate Burundi’s rebels, including those who participated in a coup in Burundi, consistent with the spirit and letter of the East Africa Community Treaty?

Is Kagame’s conspicuous support for Burundian “rebels” consistent with the ideals of good neighborhood? Is it consistent with the International Convention for the Protection of Refugees for Kagame to host and protect armed Burundians who “ran” away from Burundi after the coup?

Shouldn’t the world be looking into an independent committee to monitor Burundi’s borders to avoid an outright war between these two countries? Is Kagame’s role in Burundi’s crisis a secret anymore?

Is Kagame capable of ruining Burundi the same way he ruined DRC, especially North and South Kivu?

Are the U.N., the U.K. and the U.S. looking on as Kagame destroys Burundi so that the Western allies can later send an expensive U.N. peacekeeping force to Burundi the same way the world looked on as Kagame was destroying the Democratic Republic of the Congo?

Are the U.N., the U.K. and the U.S. looking on as Kagame destroys Burundi so that the Western allies can later send an expensive U.N. peacekeeping force to Burundi the same way the world looked on as Kagame was destroying the Democratic Republic of the Congo?

Rwandan American Dr. Charles Kambanda is a practicing attorney in New York City and a former professor at the National University of Rwanda. He was once a member of President Paul Kagame’s Rwandan Patriotic Front Party.