The Rwanda government has said even without donor aid,
Rwanda will survive.
Foreign Minister Louise Mushikiwabo told the press that Rwanda has proven over
time that it can withstand the toughest of conditions and this will be no
different albeit with difficulties.
“With or without aid, Rwandans will not give up, we shall fend for ourselves
as we have always done, in any case, we have done so before,” she said.
A visibly stressed Mushikiwabo added her government has dealt with several
reports full of false allegations before and no matter how long it took, in the
end, the truth vindicated them.

She cited the long running allegations by the French that Paul Kagame’s rebel
group shot down the late Habyarima’s plane setting off the genocide, but the
matter was recently laid to rest with RPF being cleared of all charges by a
French judge. On the significance of the threatened aid cuts, Mushikiwabo
admitted that though her country needs aid, it’s not entirely the basis of
Rwanda’s prosperity.
“Come to think of it, over 50% of our budget is domestically funded and
though the balance is expected from aid, you can’t dismiss our own efforts as
Rwandans and if we need to survive without aid, we shall do it,” she
But she added that Rwanda needn’t fear as the country has
many friends who have stood by it since the end of the genocide.

Meanwhile, Rwanda’s Minister of Finance and Economic Planning has revealed that
the Government will be forced to  increase domestic borrowing to
counter  the impact of delays in disbursement of funds to the national
budget by donors.

The UK government said it was delaying disbursement of £16m ($25m) in budget
support due this month ‘while it considered whether aid conditions had been
Germany suspended $26m to Rwanda’s budget planned from this year through 2015,
while the Netherlands delayed US$6.15m also in budget support. Though Rwangobwa
sounded optimistic that affairs will improve concerning the UK, he added that
Netherlands and Germany were not clear in their decision saying it’s
compromising the policy on aid effectiveness.
Rwanda plans to boost its national 2012/13 budget, with Rwf297 billion from
development partners in form of direct budget support compared to Rwf279
billion in 2011/12. The aid delays came after reports that alleging that Rwanda
is supporting M23, a rebel group in the Democratic Republic of Congo,
allegations Rwanda has denied.
Rwanda meets accusers 
On Monday last week, Rwanda submitted to the UN Sanctions Committee its
rebuttal on allegations contained in an addendum to a Group of Experts report
that claims Kigali is backing the M23 rebels, who have, over the last two
months, seized parts of eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC).
“There wasn’t a trace of truth in their allegations and we have provided
evidence and facts that will only expose the report as some dark plot aimed at
an equally darker agenda,” said Foreign Minister, Mushikiwabo.


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