Sources in Eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) have informed AfroAmerica Network that they were contacted to join M23 rebels. The contacts, by phone, were from General Eric Murokore and Major Gerard Ntashamaje. General Eric Murokore is the Commander of the ruling Rwandan Patriotic Front (RPF) paramilitary youth militia known as “Inkeragutabara.”
According to the sources, General Eric Murokore along with Gerard Ntashamaje made phone calls from the Rutshuru area in North-Kivu, from mobile phones registered in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC).
“My mobile phone number was obtained from some of my relatives who have been recently forcefully recruited into M23 Congolese rebels, ” one source said.
“General Eric Murokore was the one who called, and he said that he had a friend of mine who wanted to talk to me. He then passed me Major Gerard Ntashamaje,” another source said.
Asked what General Eric Murokore and Major Gerard Ntashamaje talked about, the two sources concurred:
“He [General Major Eric Murokore] told me that we should not continue to work with the genocidaires Hutus and should join M23 rebels to fight for the common cause, ” one source said Major Eric Murokore told him.
“He [Major Gerard Ntashamaje] said that they [RPF leadership] are ready to welcome me back, as they did for him if I first agree to join M23 rebels,” the other source said Major Gerard Ntashamaje told him.
The information provided by AfroAmerica Network sources is consistent with the findings by several sources that the Rwandan top military commanders are leading the recruitments inside and outside Rwanda for M23 rebels and that top ranking Rwandan military officers are on the ground in Eastern DRC to coordinate these operations.
The Rwandan Patriotic Front youth militia under the command of General Eric Murokore provides a recruiting ground for the M23 rebels, if not created for such purposes.
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