PM defends approving aid to Rwanda in September

The Prime Minister's spokesman defended the decision taken in September to reinstate aid to Rwanda. The UK suspended the last tranche of £16 million of aid in July after the UN first highlighted the links between the Rwandan government and M23 fighters in DRC.

On his last day as International Development Secretary Andrew Mitchell controversially reinstated the aid; authorising £8 million as direct budgetary support to the government, and another £8 million to development programmes. The Prime Minister's spokesman said:

We stand by the decision that we made to release the last tranche of funding. This is our approach to the aid budget. We keep decisions under review.

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UK withholds £21m Rwanda aid

International Development Secretary Justine Greening said that the UK was withholding £21 million of aid due to be paid to Rwanda next month.