Senior rebel commander in the DRC defects

A senior Rwandan rebel officer hiding out in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo has surrendered to the United Nations mission in the country, MONUSCO.

MONUSCO in DRC

MONUSCO in DRC

Lt-Colonel Samuel Bisengimana, a former Rwandan army officer, fled to the North Kivu province in East Congo during the Rwandan genocide in 1994.

Martin Nesirky, the Secretary-General’s Spokesman says this is a serious blow to the Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Rwanda or FDLR.

“This defection comes after the extraction of 3 Majors by the Disarmament, Demobilization, Reintegration, Rehabilitation and Repatriation section through various operations in January 2011. Last year, 1,881 FDLR rebels opted for voluntary surrender and disarmament with MONUSCO including 64 officers”.

The rebel commander was responsible for mobilizing civilian support and recruitment of soldiers for the rebel group.

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