Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Rwanda's Concerns Over New Rebel Group in the DRC

Media reports indicate that Kigali has started sharing intelligence information as it builds a case for a possible intervention against the new group, which threatens to scuttle peace building in the volatile Great Lakes region.  

The East African Newspaper reports that the Rwanda army leadership has said that intelligence chiefs from the East African Community partner states and the United Nations are still analyzing data on the group, allegedly formed by two Rwandan dissidents, Col Patrick Karegeya and Gen Kayumba Nyamwasa. 

The United Nations early this year reported that the two mobilized the formation of a coalition of rebel groups that include the Patriotic Forces for the Liberation of Congo (FPLC), Mai-Mai Sheka, Democratic Liberation Forces of Rwanda (FDLR), Mai-Mai Yakutumba and FDLR-Soki, holed up in the Kivus. Lt Col Jill Rutaremara, the Rwanda Defence Spokesperson, according to The East African, estimated about 300 youth had been recruited into the ranks of FPLC and details of their profiles and activities had been shared with the UN Security Council. 

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