by Aly Jonas

Transfer of agricultural land in Rwanda: Sassou under fire from critics

Cession de terres agricoles au Rwanda : Sassou sous le feu des critiques

Congo-Brazzaville's decision to grant more than 22,000 hectares of agricultural land to Rwanda for a period of 25 years has sparked a wave of discontent and questions.

As the agreements concluded in 2022 with Kigali surface, social networks ignite and a political opponent publicly expresses his disagreement.

Dave Mafoula, of the Sovereign Party, speaks at a conference, surrounded by his supporters. He vigorously denounces the transfer of more than 11,000 hectares of land for a symbolic franc. For him, these agreements are opaque and represent an attack on national sovereignty. He calls for respect for the law and vigilance of the Congolese in the face of such agreements.

Social networks are also ablaze, with many Congolese expressing their desire to cancel the land transfer agreements. Agreeing with the opinion of Dave Mafoula, they demand the intervention of the Prime Minister to put an end to these agreements deemed illegal and harmful for the country.

An official source responded to the accusations, saying the government is being unfairly accused but without providing further details. This response leaves doubt and further fuels questions about the motivations behind this land grant.

Agricultural context of Congo-B: Despite the wealth of arable land, Congo-Brazzaville currently devotes only 5% of these resources to subsistence agriculture, thus underlining the strategic importance of the land granted in this context.

In conclusion, the controversy surrounding the concession of agricultural land in Rwanda highlights the tensions and concerns within the Congolese population. This case raises questions about the transparency of agreements and the protection of national interests in the country's international relations.