DR Congo President Felix Tshisekedi has told the nation that the army is on the verge of destroying one of the Rwandan rebel groups.
FARDC and local people in Kalehe territory in South Kivu captured 1,712 combatants of “CNRD negative group”, said President Tshisekedi on Friday in a lengthy state of the nation address in Parliament.
He is referring to the National Council for Renewal and Democracy or CNRD-UBWIYUNGE. This group is headed by ex-Rwandan Prime Minister Faustin Twagiramungu based in Belgium and Hotel Rwanda movie personality Paul Rusesabagina.
The group is a breakaway faction of FDLR, the militia whose members took part in the 1994 genocide against the Tutsi in Rwanda.
CNRD-UBWIYUNGE military wing is FLN which has been attacking southwestern Rwanda since June 2018. More about FLN and CNRD read: Here Is What We Now Know About FLN Rebels and “Maj Sankara” Following Bail Hearing
Since around August, there have been daily reports of ongoing military operations in Kalehe region, where there are tens of thousands of Rwandan refugees from the 1950s.
There are currently 3 known Rwandan rebel groups in South and North Kivu, in addition to dozens others: Congolese, Ugandans and Burundians.
The FLN is by far the only one that has posed such a big challenge to Rwanda, to the point of being able to launch operations in Rwanda.
Its commanders captured and sent to Rwanda have revealed how FLN has been getting support from Burundi and Uganda.
President Kagame, speaking mid last month in Parliament, at swearing in new army chief Gen Jean Bosco Kazura and internal security minister Gen Patrick Nyamvumba, said he was going to “raise the cost” of anyone destabilizing Rwanda.
Congo’s President Tshisekedi told Parliament in his Friday speech that his army had destroyed “over 95%” of CNRD bases in south Kivu.
He said among the 1712 people captured, 245 are armed combatants and 10 political leaders. He did not say who the rest, over 1,400 of them, are.