More Congolese cross border to Rwanda in fear of post election havoc


A big number of Congolese nationals are crossing Goma border to Rubavu in Rwanda  has increased due to fear of havoc that may result from presidential election.

Those who have sought temporary stay in Rwanda have cited fear of a possible conflict in DR Congo.

Rubavu locals say there is an increase in house for rent demand in the city

“We have received a big number of Congolese people asking for houses to rent,” Fifi Kabera, one of them told TNT

Congolese who crossed borders have said they temporary left their country due to security concerns ofter poll.

“I, together with my family, arrived in Gisenyi two days ago. In fact, I can’t tell you if anybody is safe back in our country,”   said Charles Kabange Syaluha who crossed Rubavu last week

Adding “Some people have vowed to protest. You can’t therefore stay in a country where you are not sure of your own safety,”

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The Mayor of Rubavu District, Gilbert Habyarima, said they are aware that a number of Congolese have crossed the border to Rwanda.

“It is true, we are aware of the development. The Congolese are coming massively thanks to the security in our country,” he said.

However, the mayor said he can’t tell the exact number of Congolese who have since arrived in the district.


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