Clashes Break Out Between Rwandan, Congolese Forces In Congo

Clashes Break Out Between Rwandan, Congolese Forces In Congo

By Ivan Mwine

Report coming indicate that there is fighting between the Rwanda Defence Forces (RDF) and the Forces Armées de la République Démocratique Du Congo  (FARDC), which is the national army for the Democratic Republic of  Congo.

According to the reports, heavy fighting is said to have taken place over the weekend during which FARDC allegedly shelled RDF camps in Eastern Congo.

The fighting also resulted into the capture of two RDF soldiers, which now Rwanda is compelling the Congolese government to release.

Rwanda’s RDF confirmed the unfortunate development in a notice dated May 28th, 2022, referenced as REF: RDF/MPRA/A/10/02/22,which states in part thus;

“Following the provocative aggression by FARDC on 23 May, 2022 where multiple rocks were fired on Rwandan territory, FARDC with FDLR attacked RDF along our border, and two Rwanda Defence Force soldiers were kidnapped while on patrol.

We have since located these two soldiers: Cpl Nkundabagenzi Elysee and Pte Ntwari Gad being held in FDLR in Eastern DRC.

We call upon authorities of  the Democratic Republic of Congo that work closely with these armed genocidal groups   to secure the release of the RDF soldiers.”

However, by the time of filing this story the Congolese government had not yet issued a public statement about these allegations from their counterparts in Rwanda.

However, the development comes at a time when Lt. Gen. Muhoozi Kainerugaba, who is the  Commander of Land Forces (CLF)  of the Uganda Peoples  Defence Forces (UPDF) announced a few days ago that the army plans to conduct an operation dubbed ‘Operation Rudahigwa’, which is aimed at flashing the Interahamwe, a rebel outfit, from Eastern Congo.

Lt. Gen. Muhoozi faults the Interahamwe   for conducting illegal operations aimed at destabilizing the peace and security in Rwanda, something he said he will not allow to happen.

Making his intentions for Congo publicly known, Muhoozi tweeted last week thus; “The people of Eastern DRC want to see me and I shall go meet them. I promised them 6 months ago that our great Army, UPDF, with our brothers in FARDC would devastate ADF! We did exactly that! I have been busy in Karamoja but I’m soon coming back to supervise Operation Shujaa!”

He added that; “FDLR or Interahamwe trying to fight Rwanda will be disastrous for them. We would support our brothers in Rwanda against genocidaires!”

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