Reports: Congolese army captures Rwandan genocidaire group spokesperson
FDLR last week infiltrated into Rwanda and killed three Rwandan soldiers, Kagame said, while in the south, a rebel outfit attacked and killed two people, burnt a passenger vehicle before fleeing into Burundi.
GREAT LAKES | Le Forge Fils Bazeye, spokesperson of Rwandan genocidaire group FDLR, has been captured by Congolese national army, reports say.
Bazeye was captured during an operation by the Congolese national army, FARDC, in eastern swathes of the DR Congo, Rwanda’s minister for regional community Olivier Nduhungirehe said.
“This man is called Le Forge Fils Bazeye. It’s not a French aristocrat but the spokesperson of the #FDLR, a génocidaire and subversive movement operating in Eastern #DRC. He was arrested today by the Congolese 🇨🇩 army #FARDC. I hope that he will be repatriated to #Rwanda,” Amb. Nduhungirehe tweeted.
The capture of Bazeye comes on the back of rising tension on Rwanda’s western border stretch north of Goma in eastern DR Congo over the last few days.
— Amb. Olivier Nduhungirehe (@onduhungirehe) December 16, 2018
The situation has the border has been tense after at least two FDLR incursion attempts in the past 10 days, sources said.
The rebels also attacked Rubavu from east of Kibumba in North Kivu province and killed at least three Rwanda Defence Forces soldiers in the border district of Rubavu, President Kagame said during an address to national leaders.
The so-called Front for Democratic Liberation of Rwanda comprises elements largely responsible for the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi. After the pogrom was stopped in July 1994, the Interahamwe militia fled to eastern DR Congo where they maintain a base and continue to sneak into Rwanda to cause mayhem.
Bazeye has for a long time been the mouthpiece of the ethnic-based FDLR. He has been operating from his base in Masisi, a town in North Kivu province.
Last week, Rwanda formally asked for cooperation with Kinshasa government in handling the FDLR situation and it is expected that Kigali will ask for Bazeye to be extradited.
Meanwhile, as FDLR cause tension in Rwanda’s western swathes, the southern parts of the country has also come under attack recently, with the Rwandan military saing two people were killed after unknown raiders struck Nyamagabe border district on Saturday evening.
Rwanda’s defence ministry said in a statement that the attackers in Cyitabi sector also set on fire three passenger service vehicles and injured eight other people.
Lt Col Innocent Munyengango, the Rwandan defence and military spokesperson, said they were pursuing the attackers whom he added had fled into Nyungwe Forest, which borders Burundi.
“We have been watching the situation in this area for some time now and have a good idea of who is behind today’s incident. We are in pursuit of the attackers and action will be taken against those responsible,” Col Munyengango said.
A little known rebel outfit, National Liberation Front, is believed to be behind the attacks on the border with Burundi. In June, the group claimed responsibility for an attack on Rwanda’s southern district in which two people were killed.
The attacks on Rwanda’s borders come in the wake of Kagame pointing fingers on “some regional countries” he said were sponsoring several rebel groups against Rwanda.
“FDLR is working with RNC and some of our neighbours. There are many other groups with different names. We will take care of that, the names and everything else,” Kagame said.
RNC or Rwanda National Congress is an opposition group based in exile. Kigali accuses the group of causing tension in the country.
Kagame’s statement follows recent public spats with Burundi after President Pierre Nkurunziza openly accused Rwanda of “trying to export genocide” to his country.
And responding to the remarks at Friday’s news briefing, President Kagame said: “We have had all kinds of provocation from Burundi and we have not fallen for that. We have not been sucked into these provocations because that would be giving them what they want, to prove their point that they have no other problem except Rwanda.”
Breaking tradition with his dressing since becoming president in 2000, Kagame recently adorned a full military camouflage, albeit a ceremonial one for a commander-in-chief, to officiate at the closure of a military training exercise.
Speaking at the function, he said the Rwandan military was in position to deal with any provocation against its territorial integrity and national security.