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The Democratic Republic of Congo government has criticised Rwandan President Paul Kagame for his remarks on the elections in the country.

On Wednesday the Rwandan president accused Congolese leader Félix Tshisekedi of creating “grounds for an emergency so that [next year’s] elections don’t take place”.

In his weekly media briefing, the DR Congo government spokesperson, Patrick Muyaya, said President Kagame “does not have [the] capacity to say anything” on the elections.

“It would be better if he looked at his [country] first, if people have freedom of speech, if they are free to protest, and if he can tolerate any opposition to his unique thought,” Mr Muyaya told reporters in the capital, Kinshasa.

Kinshasa accuses Kigali of supporting the M23 rebels – who now control a remarkable area in Congo’s North Kivu province. Rwanda has repeatedly denied the claims

Mr Muyaya accused President Kagame of creating insecurity in DR Congo and trying to “politically destabilize [Mr] Tshisekedi”.

Mr Kagame had earlier said that Rwanda “has no interest in insecurity in Congo” and that he was interested in a “peaceful neighbourhood”.

By Joy

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