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President Lungu (left) chatting with President Paul Kagame of Rwanda during his official visit to Rwanda in February 2018

Zambian President Lungu cited in Rwanda rebel leader case

July 13, 2020

By Maniraguha Ferdinand

President Lungu (left) chatting with President Paul Kagame of Rwanda during his official visit to Rwanda in February 2018
President Lungu (left) chatting with President Paul Kagame of Rwanda during his official visit to Rwanda in February 2018

President Edgar Lungu of Zambia has been named among supporters of Rwandan rebel group, National Liberation Forces, FLN, an army wing of Movement for Democratic changes in Rwanda.

FLN’s spokesperson Nsabimana Callixte alias Sankara was arrested in mid 2019 from Comoros, and brought before Rwandan courts where he faces dozens of charges.

The charges include terrorism, kidnapping, murder, Genocide denial, armed robbery, arson, forgery and causing bodily harm among others.

On Monday, 13 July, 2020 appearing before High Court Chamber for International Crimes in Nyanza, Nsabimana continued by explaining more about the charges brought against him.

He revealed  that in the end of 2017, President Edgar Lungu of Zambia promised MRCD’s chairman Paul Rusesabagina of helping them to overthrow current Rwanda’s government.

Nsabimana said that it is President Lungu who gave Rusesabagina 150 000 USD in advance. He allegedly said that such help motivated  MRCD army wing, FLN to organize attacks against Rwanda.

Early 2019, Nsabimana one of MRCD’s senior leader went in Zambia to meet president Lungu on his help to attack Rwanda, according to Sankara.

Nsabimana Callixte (left) told court that Zambian President Lungu supported FLN
Nsabimana Callixte (left) told court that Zambian President Lungu supported FLN

Nsabimana pleaded guilty to all charges but he said he was brainwashed.

FLN launched multiple attacks against Rwanda in 2018, which killed more than ten civilians according to prosecution. Properties including cars were damaged as well.

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