Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of Congo have signed a major deal that will ensure eradication of Rwandan armed groups operating on the Congolese territory.

At the signing, Mukantabana Seraphine the Chairperson of Rwanda Demobilisation and Reintegration Commission Represented Rwanda while Clovis Munihire the Coordinator of CIDDRC represented the Democratic Republic of Congo.

In August the Congolese Commission for Sensitization, Disarmament and Demobilization agreed to partner with Rwanda’s Demobilization and Reintegration Commission (RDRC) in the field of disarmament, repatriation and demobilization of the armed groups.

Staff of Rwanda Demobilization and Reintegration Commission (RDRC) with delegation of Congolese Commission for Sensitization, Disarmament and Demobilization (group Photo)

“We believe this will restore peace and stability in the region”, said Cloves.

A staff from President Felix Tshisekedi’s office said earlier that the armed groups have disturbed peace in the region.

“We therefore want them to vacate our territory”, said Richie Muhozi from the President’s office DR Congo adding, “As a government, we shall make sure that the armed groups are up rooted for good.”

Mukantabana commended the Congolese delegation and pledged to collaborate with them in the areas of disbarment, repatriation and demobilization of the armed groups from DRC.

She added that that this deal initiative will consolidate peace and stability in the Great Lakes Region.

DRC hosts the notorious armed rebel group the Forces démocratiques de libération du Rwanda, FDLR largely composed of people responsible for planning and executing the 1994 Genocide against Tutsi which claimed more than a million lives.

In the past two decades, at least more than 10000 FDLR militia have voluntarily repatriated to Rwanda.

The United States maintains the FDLR on the list of terrorist organisations.

Last week the FDLR leader Sylvestre Mudacumura was gunned down together with his fighters in Rutshuru territory. He had been wanted by International Criminal Court for war crimes in both North and South Kivu provinces of this vast mineral rich country.

The Express News


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