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DRC accuses Rwanda of backing the M23 mutineers in the eastern part of the Democratic Republic of Congo to destablise Kinshasha, allegations Kigali vehemently denies.
Rwanda insists Congo is facing a rebellion due to poor leadership of Joseph Kabila whose army has fallen short of protecting the country’s integrity thus allowing elements of FDLR and others to operate in Kivu which threatens regional security.
Addressing press in Kigali today, The Defence and Military Spokesman of Rwanda Defence Force (RDF), Brig Gen Joseph Nzabamwita said:
“On Saturday Congolese soldiers (FARDC) of the 69th Reconnaissance Battalion, in an act of aggression and provocation, entered Rwandan territory on a reconnaissance mission. The local population immediately called RDF deployment in the area, and the FARDC soldiers engaged them in a hostile fire fight.”
“One of the Congolese was shot dead in the exchange of fire with Rwanda Defence Forces who acted in self-defence. The incident happened on Rwandan territory in Busasasama Sector, Rusura cell,” he added.
Rwanda and Congo military officials at the handover function
At mid-day, in Rusura, Busasamana “Residents informed the RDF soldiers on the presence of Congolese soldiers in their village, who were carrying out reconnaissance activities”
“Our troops intervened but they encountered hostile fire from the FARDC soldiers. They fired back and killed one of the Congolese soldiers,” he added.
He further observed tthe Congolese soldier was found with documents indicating that they were on reconnaissance mission.
They were armed with assault rifles, more than 200 rounds of ammunitions, binoculars, communication equipment, ropes, knives and other military equipment.
The body of the deceased, identified as Corporal Mbanza Numba Bisogolo, was received by Colonel Somo Kakule Evariste of the FARDC. He confirmed the identity of the deceased soldier in a handover event, yesterday, in Rusura Cell (the incident site).
The handover of the dead body was witnessed also by a team of Joint Verification Mechanism (JVM), an ICGLR mechanism that has already started investigations after Rwanda raising an official complaint; Defence Attachés from USA, France and Uganda and members of the international and local press.
Chimpreports is investigating the incident and will soon provide its findings.