UK likely to cancel aid to Rwanda amid claims its rulers were linked to militias accused of rape and murder
Ministers are likely to cancel plans to give more public money to Rwanda amid claims that its rulers were linked to militias accused of rape and murder, Whitehall sources have said.
Justine Greening, the International Development Secretary, told MPs she would think “very carefully” before approving more “general budget support”– cash paid direct to the African nation’s government.
Her predecessor, Andrew Mitchell, signed off on the payment of £16m of frozen aid on his last day in the post in September, although he instructed that half should go to specific projects.
Britain had initially suspended its planned £37m “general budget support” in June after a United Nations report said President Paul Kagame’s administration was sponsoring violent rebels in neighbouring Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC).
His decision was highly controversial, sparking accusations by Labour that Mr Mitchell was motivated by his friendship with President Kagame.
Ms Greening now has to decide whether to approve the payment of a further £21m of aid due at the end of next month.
The signs are growing that she would veto the second handover of cash.
One senior Whitehall source told The Independent: “I suspect she won’t make the payment.”
A second source said: “She is going to have a really detailed, critical look at this.”
Ms Greening told the Commons international development select committee that Mr Mitchell’s decision had been taken in a “sound and robust manner”.
But she added that continuing support for Rwanda would depend on its ability to prove it was not fuelling conflict in the region.
She said reports linking the Kigame government to the DRC militias were “very disturbing” and said her decision on whether to approve aid would partly depend on whether it would condemn atrocities by the militias, which Rwanda has so far failed to do.
Britain and Rwanda have signed a memorandum of understanding committing them to “partnership principles” of working for peace and stability in the region, upholding human rights and combatting poverty.
Ms Greening refused to be drawn on whether she believed Rwanda had lived up to its side of the agreement.
She said: “It is too early conclude whether I feel Rwanda has made progress on our partnership principles in the past month. The partnership principles are very important. It is a challenge for me to look at [Rwanda’s] progress and where there is less progress or indeed no progress
elephant appealThe first 23 lots in our charity auction have now gone. But there are 22 more still up for grabs
The Silicon Valley awards which treat scientists like rockstars
comedy'Fresh Meat' star sees off stiff competition from Alan Carr, David Mitchell, Graham Norton, Lee Mack and Sarah Millican to win top prize
Mystery of Epping Forest 'big cat' is solved
North Korea: First Kim Jong-un orders execution of uncle - now it emerges that victim's wife was involved in decision to execute him
Australia incest case: Deformed children found in remote farming community after generations of inbreeding
Woman who miscarried in private prison 'made to clean up after herself,' court told
Fox News presenter tells viewers it is a 'fact' that both Jesus and Santa Claus are white
- 1 Italian court annuls prison sentence for elderly paedophile after 11-year-old victim tells investigators in Catanzaro that she loves him
- 2 Australia incest case: Deformed children found in remote farming community after generations of inbreeding
- 3 Woman who miscarried in private prison 'made to clean up after herself,' court told
- 4 Physicists discover 'clearest evidence yet' that the Universe is a hologram
- 5 Fox News presenter tells viewers it is a 'fact' that both Jesus and Santa Claus are white
- < Previous
- Next >
£500 - £525 per day: Harrington Starr: Business Intelligence Consultant/Develo...
£65000 - £80000 per annum: Charter Selection: High end/luxury residential fit ...
£150 - £250 per annum: PCR Recruitment Limited: West London based Broadcaster ...
£35000 - £45000 per annum + Benefits: Pro-Recruitment Group: Stuck In A Rut? ...