In July 2020, he arrived by plane in Ndjili, but it was on a small boat that, 27 months later, Vincent Karega left Kinshasa to reach Kigali via Brazzaville. Last act of a political and diplomatic escalation in between the two neighbours, the dismissal of the Rwandan ambassador to the DRC, notified on October 31, does not however mark a “break in diplomatic relations”, assures the person concerned to Young Africa. While since November the DRC has accused Kigali of supporting the M23, and a new rebel offensive is underway, he agreed to answer our questions.
DRC: Kinshasa announces the expulsion of the Rwandan ambassador
Capcov: What was your reaction when you learned that you had to quitter the DRC?
Vincent Karega : Unfortunately, I knew this would happen at some point. Anti-Rwandan sentiment has been spreading in the DRC for several months and I have seen messages against my person.
There were demonstrations calling for your departure. Did that scare you?
I’m never afraid when I know I’m not guilty of anything.
After your deportation, is Rwanda considering measures to reprisals ?