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Mark Dummett, BBC correspondent in Kinshasa
"It was a bit of a whitewash"
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Wednesday, 23 May, 2001, 20:06 GMT 21:06 UK
'Rebels killed DR Congo president'
Laurent Kabila
Laurent Kabila: Made many enemies
A report into the assassination of the Democratic Republic of Congo's former President Laurent Kabila blames Uganda and Rwanda and a Rwanda backed rebel movement for January's murder.

It was part of a plot to make a coup d'etat

DRC's Attorney General
The report names the assassin as bodyguard Rashidi Mizele but says he was part of a wider coup attempt.

However, the BBC correspondent in Kinshasa said the inquiry gave no details and is little more than a whitewash.

About 100 people were arrested following Mr Kabila's assassination and the report does not make any mention of these people.

Colonel Kapend
Prime-suspect Colonel Kapend was not mentioned in the report
One high profile name missing was Laurent Kabila's aide de camp, Eddy Kapend.

Colonel Kapend had been the first to go on national television to say the president had been shot and ordered the closure of all borders.

He was arrested soon after and remains most people's prime suspect, but the commission refused to discuss his role, only saying that the judicial process in the country would continue and should be respected.

Announcing the findings, DR Congo Attorney General Luhonge Kabinda Ngoy said on Wednesday: "Rwanda and the [Rwandan backed rebel group] RCD Goma worked together in the assassination of the head of state.

"Their special services and representatives were present in Kinshasa and certain neighbouring countries."

We have never taken part in anything like that

Ugandan government
Mr Ngoy also said: "It was part of a plot to make a coup d'etat."

Uganda has denied any involvement in Mr Kabila's death.

A Ugandan government spokesman said: "We have never taken part in anything like that. We don't believe in assassinations as a message of political work."

Rwanda said the claims were "outlandish".

"They are fabricating and concocting everything to smear the image of their enemies... Let them produce proof of the allegations," a Rwandan government spokesman said.

The lack of detail in the report will not put an end to the many circulating theories as to who was behind the assassination on 16 January.

Laurent Kabila had acquired many enemies and was seen as a stumbling block to the peace process aimed at ending the country's war.

His replacement and son Joseph Kabila has made much more progress.

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