Monday July 28th 2014

Rwandan troops in the Kivus?

Rwandan troops in the Kivus?

There have been more and more reports of Rwandan troops in the Kivus this past week. Internally, MONUSCO military intelligence has reported unconfirmed allegations of two RDF battalions in Walikale to help out with the Congolese army’s operations there. The head of the UN mission, Roger Meece, however, says these allegations are unfounded.

At the same time, the Congolese security services along the Rwandan border in North Kivu report an increased number of Congolese Tutsi refugees returning from Rwanda and heading towards the highlands of Masisi.

Add to these rumors information coming from an unexpected source: CNDP officers. Several ex-CNDP officers have confirmed these allegations of RDF deployment, however they don’t think they are here to help against the FDLR. According to them, the Rwandan troops have primarily come to make sure that CNDP troops don’t rebel when they are re-deployed outside of the Kivus (some say as far away as Bas-Congo, on the other side of the country). There has been no official announcement of any major military re-deployment, but many believe this was discussed by Presidents Kagame and Kabila during the recent meetings in Kigali.

Rwanda has been worried for quite some time about ex-CNDP members taking part in an armed opposition to their government, privately linking Nkunda’s supporters to the grenade attacks in the capital, for example. It is possible that Kinshasa has seized upon these concerns to press for the ex-CNDP troops to leave the Kivus, where they have had a prominent role in anti-FDLR operations as well as in controlling mining areas.

There is a long history of resistance by Congolese Tutsi troops to leave the Kivus, where they are close to their families and are well enough organized that they have to be taken seriously. In early 1998, a group of Congolese Tutsi mutinied in South Kivu, protesting redeployment and mistreatment. Rwandan General James Kabarebe had to go to the Rusizi plain himself to negotiate. Then, several months later, another group led by Comd Murekezi mutinied at a military camp in Goma (his followers included many officers who later joined Nkunda’s insurgency). Rwandan troops had to kill several of the officers and imprison others on Iwawa island to put down the mutiny.

By Congo Siasa

Related Tags: , , ,

4 Comments for “Rwandan troops in the Kivus?”

  • removals to france says:

    Howdy just wanted to give you a quick heads up and let you
    know a few of the pictures aren’t loading correctly.
    I’m not sure why but I think its a linking issue. I’ve tried it in two
    different web browsers and both show the same outcome.

    Have a look at my webpage :: removals to france

  • KAMUZINZI says:

    it is true Clinton was foundraising today in NY so that Kagame get more funds to send more military personnel to kill more Hutus and Congolese people

    • Vincent says:

      The deployment of Rwandan troops in Congo at this time is unfavorable to the CNDP, which is why they denounce the deployment (is what this article claims).

      To claim that Clinton is fundraising so that Kagame can send more military to kill sounds to me like a conspiracy theory that won’t convince anyone in western Europe or the US.
      Kagame does still have influential support in the West, read for example the article “UN report on Rwanda genocide threatens stability in Central Africa” by Harry Verhoeven in the Christian Science Monitor.

      An effective opposition against Kagame adresses the allegations Harry Verhoeven puts forward in that article. Using conspiracy theories and exagerations against Kagame’s US and UK allies has proven to be the most ineffective method of all.

      • TheProxyLake says:

        Agree with you. Would rather this have anything to do with the recent rumour of Nyamwasa preparing a rebellion? CNDP are not happy of the treatment of Nkunda by Kagame. Kagame may be pro-acting against this way in advance. Still watching.


Leave a Comment

Related Posts

The Fall of M23 – A Very Expensive Loss to Many
The Fall of M23 – A Very Expensive Loss to Many

Before its defeat, M23 was seating on a very profitable business of the conflict mineral resource trade in the east of [Read More]

Rwanda: Use of Child Soldiers is Finally Beginning to Catch up
Rwanda: Use of Child Soldiers is Finally Beginning to Catch up

The Rwandan ruling party RPF has used child soldiers known as “kadogo” or “little ones”: children aged 15 and [Read More]

Rwandan students overseas forced to join Rwandan spy networks
Rwandan students overseas forced to join Rwandan spy networks

200 Rwandan students have just received military and intelligence training in Gako military camp and are set to join [Read More]

Reasons Not to Be Victoire Ingabire’s Supporter
Reasons Not to Be Victoire Ingabire’s Supporter

If you follow Victoire Ingabire Umuhoza on ethnic grounds, please don't bother. She wouldn't care less. You need to [Read More]

Being Minister in Rwanda is a Kiss of Death
Being Minister in Rwanda is a Kiss of Death

Being minister in Rwanda is a kiss of death: once you are fired by the President of Rwanda, no one in the country will [Read More]

The First of Five Illusions a Naïve Visitor to Rwanda Falls for
The First of Five Illusions a Naïve Visitor to Rwanda Falls for

Rwanda is not environmental heaven but one of the five illusions gullible visitors shallow when visiting Rwanda. Kigali [Read More]

Robbery: D.R. Congo’s deals with China and World Bank
Robbery: D.R. Congo’s deals with China and World Bank

Pure robbery when China proposed an aid package to the Congo. It was a mineral-2-Infrastrure deal and IMF and the West [Read More]

Crisis in the Congo: Uncovering The Truth
Crisis in the Congo: Uncovering The Truth

Millions of Congolese have lost their lives in a conflict that the United Nations describes as the deadliest in the [Read More]