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Congo Rebels: Kikwete Kicks Up Storm In Rwanda

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According to a press statement from Tanzania President’s office, Kikwete said, “ADF is attacking Uganda and FDRL is doing the same to Rwanda so efforts should be made to end such attacks.” He said military operations against the rebels would not yield fruit.

Rwanda Minister of Foreign Affairs swiftly made a counterattack, describing Kikwete’s statements as “aberrant” and “shocking.”

“Those who think that Rwanda today should sit down at the negotiating table with FDLR simply don’t know what they are talking about,” charged Mushikiwabo in an interview with Radio France Internationale (RFI) on Monday.

Mushikiwabo further expressed disappointment that the rebel group had sympathisers in the region, including President Kikwete himself.

She demanded Kikwete to retract his comments, according to The New Times.

Mushikiwabo told the French broadcaster that she did not expect President Kikwete to suggest that Rwanda negotiate with known terrorists since he has served as a foreign affairs minister for his county and knows the FDLR background.

The Minister pointed out that President Kikwete could be just another sympathiser for the group whose ideology is still being fought in Rwanda and worldwide.

“There are many spokespeople for the FDLR. Some are ideologically aligned to the FDLR. We stopped the Genocide but we didn’t stop the ideology,” she added.

This is the latest direct attack on Kikwete by a top Rwandan government official, confirming Kigali fears that Tanzania has been in bed with the terror group.

The rebel group is accused of masterminding the 1994 genocide in Rwanda in which over one million Tutsis were killed and committing heinous atrocities in DRC.

ICGLR Joint Verification Team led by Col Gabriel NTIRANDEKURA was on scene to inspect


Kigali’s fears were reinforced by the arrest of the deputy commander of the Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Rwanda (FDLR) in Tanzanian capital Dar es Salaam in April.

Sources told Chimpreports that Gen Stanislas Bigaruka was spotted by Rwanda intelligence personnel after traveling from DRC for a special meeting at Dar es Salaam Hotel in Dar es Salaam before being captured.

Gen Bigaruka was second-in-command to Gen Sylvester Mudacumura, who is wanted by the International Criminal Court (ICC) and the brains behind the deadly military operations in DRC.

FDLR is accused of mass rapes and brutal murders including execution of women and children in DRC. The group also attacked Rwanda, killing a civilian.

Tanzania recently deployed troops in DRC under the UN intervention Brigade to combat the rebels in Eastern DRC.

It is understood the Brigade is targeting M23 rebels.

Should the UN Brigade overpower M23, it is feared FDLR will get breathing space to reorganize and officially wage war on Rwanda.

Currently, M23 acts as a barricade for FDLR to cross into Rwanda.

A UN report recently showed that FDLR is currently seeking to re-adapt its military capacity since the drying up of external support and in the aftermath of a succession of attacks on their positions and civilian dependents.

Since April 2012, in light of significant troop shortages, the FDLR has consolidated its units into two sectors.

Colonel Pacifique Ntawhunguka alias “Omega” remains the commander of North Kivu Sector and Lieutenant Colonel Hamada Habimana has taken over the command of South Kivu.

UN estimates that the rebels now number between 1,500 and 2,000 though security sources point to a higher figure.

The Rwanda government believes that DRC national army, FARDC, also continues to support FDLR militants with food, logistics and intelligence.

Kigali told UN last year that DRC authorities facilitated a visit of two Belgian nationals, Faustin Murego and Joseph Nzabonimpa, to negotiate an alliance with the FOLR to fight against M23 in June 2012.

Congolese intelligence services arrested the two but released them on July 10.


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