As reported on May 20, 2014 by AfroAmerica Network, based on information provided by sources close to South African Development Community (SADC), one of the Rwandan rebels groups based in Eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), known as Forces Democratic de Liberation du Rwanda -Forces Combattantes Abacunguzi (FDLR-FOCA), has disarmed some of its troops (see our previous article here).
The disarmament ceremony happened as scheduled on May 30, 2014, in the village of Kateku, Buleusa, in the Waikale territory. As predicted, around 102 troops along with their dependent were disarmed and regrouped in a camp. The camp was initially planned to be setup near Buleusa, in Kivu, Estern DRC and managed by SADC troops. Now, AfroAmerica has learned that those disarmed will be moved hundreds of miles away, to a camp in the town of Kanyabayonga.
The disarmament itself has raised more questions than answers. The major question is what would be the next steps.
A Ceremony Snubbed by the International Community, Regional Leaders, and DRC Government
The disarmament by FDLR-FOCA was advertised in advance by FDLR commanders, who had invited world leaders and the international community, especially the United Nations, the African Union, regional organizations and the DRC government to attend. None did or, at best, some sent lower level bureaucrats. The DRC Government sent the North-Kivu deputy provincial governor, Feller Lutaichirwa, the United Nations sent a staff within a department of the UN Mission in Congo (MONUSCO). The African Union Commissioner, Ms. Dlamini-Zuma Zuma, who was expected to attend, did not show up.
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