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International Development Committee

MPs have taken evidence on UK aid to Rwanda from International Development Secretary Justine Greening on 13 November 2012.

The government has been questioned why around £16m of aid was given, while Rwanda's rulers allegedly funded rebels in neighbouring Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).

The decision was taken on former International Development Secretary Andrew Mitchell's final day in office, before he was moved to Chief Whip in the government reshuffle.

He recently defended the decision, saying that taking away aid would have an impact on the poorest people in the country.

In July, Mr Mitchell blocked the UK's £37m annual contribution to the Rwandan government after he visited the Kivus region of the DRC.

However, he decided few weeks later to unfreeze the aid, citing progress at international talks, meaning a £16m tranche of the £37m was paid.

The US and some European countries have withheld aid from the regime of Rwandan President Paul Kagame.


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