Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.

 

Rebel leader in DRC detained

18 March 2013, 10:19

Kinshasa - Fighting between rival factions of Congolese rebel group M23 has sent hundreds of people, including many rebels, fleeing for neighbouring Rwanda, where the leader of one faction has been detained, say Rwandan officials.

Rwandan Foreign Minister and government spokesperson Louise Mushikiwabo confirmed that 600 fighters were among the influx of people that crossed into her country over the weekend.

"The soldiers and officers from DR Congo that have entered Rwanda have been disarmed and detained.

"Several wounded among them are receiving treatment with assistance from the Red Cross," she said.

The fighters include M23's ex-political leader Jean-Marie Runiga, whose faction has been fighting rivals loyal to the rebel group's military chief, Sultani Makenga, since 9 March.

Runiga has reportedly been detained separately away from the Rwandan refugee camp for his own safety and has requested to go to Uganda.

A Rwandan military spokesperson said the army was "handling (the refugees) under the international law...we disarmed them upon arrival and separated the fighters from civilians."

M23's new political leader Bertrand Bisimwa meanwhile announced "an end to military operations" by the Makenga faction against Runiga's supporters.

Fighting between army mutineers M23 and Congolese forces in the eastern province of North Kivu has displaced 500 000 people since a resurgence in fighting in the troubled region in May last year, according to the UN refugee agency.

Over 25 000 Congolese entered Rwanda as a result of the renewed conflict in eastern DR Congo last year, according to the Rwandan government.



- AFP

Tags drc
NEXT ON NEWS24 KENYAX

Read News24’s Comments Policy

Comment on this story
0 comments
Add your comment
Comment 0 characters remaining

Read more from our Users

Submitted by
Eugene Odanga
Eric Omondi does Nigerian and Uga...

Eric Omondi has gone Nigerian and Ugandan. Find out how and why. Read more...

Submitted by
Victor Tinto
Wetangula laments Kenya Airways h...

CORD principal Moses Wetangula has lamented the embarrassing scenes where he was denied entry into a Kenya Airways plane due to lack of identification.  Read more...

Submitted by
William Korir
DP Ruto instructs lawyers to sue ...

Deputy President William Ruto has ordered his lawyers to sue 5 CORD leaders over comments linking him to grabbing a piece of land in Karen Nairobi. Read more...

Submitted by
John
Senators urged to visit counties ...

The chairman of the Commission on Revenue Allocation (CRA) Micah Cheserem has urged governors to reveal development projects they have undertaken in their respective counties to senators. Read more...

Submitted by
Manasseh
Motorists protest over poor roads...

Hundreds of motorists blocked roads in Mukurweini constituency to complain about poor roads in the area. Read more...

Submitted by
William Korir
Governors open to dialogue but re...

Governors are open to dialogue but ready to go the referendum way to push for more funds for devolution. Read more...