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A new wave of rebels from the National Council for the Renaissance and Democracy (CNRD), dissidents of the Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Rwanda (FDLR) have just been repatriated to their country of origin, Rwanda.
In total, there are 33 elements including 5 combatants and 28 of their dependants.
The repatriation ceremony took place this Friday, December 27, 2019 at the Ruzizi border between the Congolese and Rwandan military authorities.
According to Captain Dieudonné Kasereka, these repatriated elements were captured during the operations under way in South Kivu.
“This is now the 3rd repatriation. Today, we have just repatriated 33 CNRD / FDLR rebels. They have been captured, one in Kalehe and the other in Mwenga. Operations are continuing and we will continue with the repatriation as and as they are captured, “he said.
The Congolese people, he explains, must continue to support and collaborate with the armed forces of the Democratic Republic of Congo.
For his part, Major Pascal Munyankindi, intelligence officer of the 3rd West Division of the Rwandan army, welcomes the collaboration shown by the FARDC.
It should be recalled that more than 360 combatants and 1,500 of their dependants have already been repatriated to Rwanda since December 16, 2019.
Meanwhile, the collective of citizen movements Amka Congo has just organised a support march for the Armed Forces of the Democratic Republic of Congo (FARDC), this Friday, December 27, 2019 in the city of Bukavu.
For these citizen structures, the goal is to thank, to unite as well as to encourage the soldiers who are on the different battlefields in Béni, Kalehe, Minembwe, Fizi …
In addition, the latter also advocates for the improvement of the living conditions of dependants of the military. They believe that a soldier at the front will not be effective if his wife and children even lack food.
We could also read on the banners and banners: “They are fighting on the front lines for the integrity of the national territory and our security despite the challenges they face on the ground”.

Mai-Mai militiamen attacked a position of the Armed Forces of the Democratic Republic of Congo (FARDC) in the locality of Lwemba, 65 km from Mambasa (Ituri) territory, the night of Thursday to Friday, December 27, 2019.

Local civil society makes a provisional assessment of 6 dead. She also reports some wounded alongside many goods looted by the attackers.

“They attacked the army position while the civilians were asleep,” a member of local civil society, who requested anonymity, told us.

The clashes, he adds, continued until dawn on Friday. Socioeconomic activities have momentarily been paralysed in the region.

Joram Jojo