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Envoy accuses Rwanda of taking DRC gorillas

Date: Oct 14, 2022

The Democratic Republic of Congo's representative at the United Nations (UN), Georges Nzongola-Ntalaja, has accused Rwanda, without presenting facts, of taking gorillas from Congo forests to Rwanda.

Nzongola-Ntajala said this during the 11th emergency UN General Assembly session to debate and vote on a resolution on Russia's annexation of four Ukrainian regions.

He accused Rwanda of occupying DRC "in 1998 to 2003" plundering gold and coltan "and many other resources".

“They even take chimpanzees and gorillas from the Congolese forests taking them to Rwanda, all of this is well known,” Nzongola-Ntajala added.

Rwanda, Uganda, and DRC share the massive volcanoes between their borders that are home to rare mountain gorillas.

Rwandan envoy Robert Kayinamura appeared to laugh at Nzongola-Ntajala's statement.

“These allegations of, every time there is no flowing water it is Rwanda, there’s no electricity it is Rwanda, there’s no roads it is Rwanda, We need to move beyond that kind of mentality,” Kayinamura said.

--BBC--

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