There have been a series of defections from the Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Rwanda (FDLR). It has taken a spiral rate since last year and this is believed to be weakening the genocidal force which has spent over two decades fight a ‘losing’ war against Rwanda.
According to Lt. Col. Fulgence Nzeyimana, aka “Bemba” who arrived this year, one of the top commanding rebels who have managed to escape the rebel operations in DR Congo bushes have had to do it the hard way.
“It is not easy to defect. I had to lie that I was visiting my family in Uganda. That is how I managed to get in Rwanda. Otherwise it’s not simple to defect” Lt. Nzeyimana said at the Mutobo camp where he is undergoing a reintegration programme.
More rebels within the Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Rwanda (FDLR) have continued returning to Rwanda.
The other most recent case of a Top FDLR rebel abandoning the forces was this February, as Captain Aphrodice Munyampeta a.k.a Prince one of the chief escort to Supreme commander of returned to Rwanda
Capt. Munyampeta arrived today in Rwanda, through the western border of Congo and Rwanda and was accompanied by four other combatants and their families. He was a chief escort of Maj. Gen Gaston Iyamuremye a.k.a Victor Rumuri Byiringiro, the supreme leader of FDLR rebels.
In December 2015, at least 21 Rwandan families composed of 93 persons have successfully returned to their home country after spending years in the forests of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).
The families said that the reason behind their homecoming was because they are fed up of living in fear and under poor living conditions in the DRC, yet they have been hearing of the prosperity in Rwanda.
Some of the women claimed that the armed members of FDLR rebel group forced women to pay them money to stay alive and while others were raped as a result of failure to do so.
“We decided to return home because we were just tired of living a bad life and being constantly on the run for fear of being raped or beaten to death” said Zawadi Nyirahabimana, 21, one of the returnees.
Diplomatic means to clean out the Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Rwanda (FDLR) rebels from the region have for years failed and the military action has been suggested as the last option.