October 27, 2019

Twagiramungu, Rusesabagina Implicated in Rusizi District Grenade Attack

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Some of the arms displayed with the suspects

Four men were on Sunday paraded in Rusizi district by Police accused of being behind the grenade attack last week and other acts in the area.

Last Sunday, a grenade exploded seriously injuring 4 people in Kamembe town, the main town of Rusizi district. It is on the border with DR Congo, and across is Bukavu, capital of North Kivu Province.

This Sunday mid morning, Police converged local residents in the town to show them the suspects, all men.

When given microphones to speak, the men said they had been given mission to cause insecurity in Rusizi by MRCD and FLN and would be paid for each successful operation.

MRDC is Rwandan Movement for Democratic Change and its armed wing is National Liberation Forces (FLN). MRDC is led by Hotel Rwanda movie personality Paul Rusesabagina based in U.S. and recently was joined by former prime minister Faustin Twagiramungu, who lives in Belgium.

FLN has since June 2017 been attacking several areas in southwestern Rwanda, but based in Nyungwe forest national park. Its spokesman Nsabimana Callixte alias Maj Sankara was captured from the Indian ocean Island of Comoros in April this year, currently on trial in Rwanda.

The suspects said their recruiters are based in Bukavu, and had promised them money to lift them out of poverty.

The four men paraded by Police as being the criminals behind numerous attacks in Rusizi district and adjacent areas

Police and provincial officials said the four suspects were found with ammunition including grenades, guns and bullets which would have been used for more attacks.

The men said they were behind other acts in past weeks whereby they have attacked neighborhoods and vehicles on the Bugarama-Kamembe road.

Meanwhile, on Facebook, a video has been posted by account which usual posts information about FLN, purportedly showing a group of FLN dancing in Nyungwe forest park.

They are dressed in uniforms worn by the Rwanda Defense Forces. The other postings say the uniforms were acquired from attack on RDF on October 18.

There has not been any government comment on any FLN operations in the region, apart from announcement by President Kagame in September that the FLN had been “cleaned” from region.

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