Rwandans reportedly held in DRC prisons
A group of about sixty Rwandans are allegedly held captive in DR Congo prisons, according to Rwandan government reports.
This comes barely days after Rwandan officials on the Rwanda- Congo border have raised concerns over Rwandans doing cross-border trade being tortured and illegally arrested by Congolese soldiers.
The Congolese official have however denied these allegations and said that the issues will be investigated, but the Rwandan officials insist that this has been the same statement made over and over and nothing has been done in spite of a call for action upon the concerns.
Rwanda says that over 100 Rwandans especially traders have suffered various attacks and violations at the hands of DRC authorities in Eastern part of the vast country. Most of these traders have been locked up in military prisons being accused of collaborating with M23 rebels- of which Rwanda has strong rebuffed as false allegations.
However, earlier this month, the Rwandan embassy in Kinshasa reported that over 60 Rwandan nationals were being detained in military facilities within Kinshasa capital.
The two borders have a long history of cross border trade between the two communities close to the two borders and the residents on the Rwandan side have said that they can barely survive without doing trade on the Congolese side.
The alleged torture of Rwandans has however been as a result of renegade Rwandan-Congolese rebels picking up ground in the region and taking charge of some parts of the east and west parts of Congo.
Reports indicate that Rwandans are not wanted in Congo and Congolese residents have demanded that they return to Rwanda while accusing them for being spies to the Rwandan government.
Apparently Congolese residents have been sighted on the Rwanda border side, most of them coming for business, pleasure and relaxation around the trading centers in Rubavu district.