The Rwandan government had made open its plans to seek the reallocation of Burundian refugees following the unfound accusation of its involvement in the destabilizing activities happening in Burundi.
This information came to light after the Rwandan Foreign Minister, Louise Mushikiwabo, made a statement last Friday saying that her government would instantaneously begin working with partners in the international community to plan the orderly safe relocation of Burundians to neighboring countries.
The minister further added that “the refugee exodus is troubling. It also exposes refugees to increased threats from forces at home and compromises lasting political solutions.”
The minister in her statement did not make clear on where exactly Rwanda would relocate these refugees to.
The Burundian government has thrown allegation towards Rwanda, of training and arming rebels, amongst these rebels children are said to be included. These charges were denied by the President of Rwanda Paul Kagame.
The civil unrests in Rwanda started after President Pierre Nkurunzinza announced to per take in the election of the country for the third term, the unrest further escalated when Nkurunzinza won the election.
The war has up to now led to the deaths of hundreds of people, and nearly 230,000 have fled the country. Rwanda is hosting up to 75,000 Burundian refugees. Other countries like Tanzania hosts up to 130,000 and Uganda has almost 21,000 refugees from Burundi.
Further accusation of Rwandas involvement in training and arming rebels in the efforts to remove Nkurunzinza from power were also made by United States and also by UN experts in the previous week.
UNHCR had claimed to not have received any information concerning the plans Rwanda, on the issue of refugee reallocation. In a meeting between UNHCR and Rwandan officials that was held later on, the official were reported to have said that Kigali “would continue to respect its international obligation to protect refugees, would not close its borders, and would not expel Burundian refugees.”
UNHCR also made a statement arguing the government to clarify on the issue of refugee reallocation in order to avoid panic and fear among the refugees.