Painting by Cheri Samba

Lokuta eyaka na ascenseur, kasi vérité eyei na escalier mpe ekomi. Lies come up in the elevator; the truth takes the stairs but gets here eventually. - Koffi Olomide

Ésthetique eboma vélo. Aesthetics will kill a bicycle. - Felix Wazekwa

Sunday, June 13, 2010

More fissures in the Rwandan army?

Two items of interest:
  • The Rwandan government has arrested General Jean Bosco Kazura, the head of its football federation (the Rwandan government often names influential army commanders as the head of its football association). He had apparently gone off to South Africa for the World Cup without asking for proper authorization. He came back and was promptly arrested. I don't know much about Kazura's background, other than that he was the deputy commander of the AU force in Darfur, which means he spent quite a bit of time with General Karenzi Karake, who was also arrested recently. Kazura is a Rwandan Tutsi who grew up in exile in Burundi.
  • Diplomats have confirmed that the Rwandan army has sent up a communications listening post 25km north of Goma on the Congo-Rwanda border. The purpose (according to what Rwandan officers themselves told the diplomats) is to monitor communications of Rwandan officers who defected to join the FPLC of Gad Ngabo in the Congo.


Alex Engwete said...

Jason, have you seen this?

Jason Stearns said...

Interesting - it's a strange article, though, with few details given on how he escaped from Rwanda and where he is now.

K said...

Hi Jason,

How many rwandese officers have joined the FPLC so far? Are these high ranking officers? Is the FPLC a congolese movement or it caters for both rwanda and congo

Jason Stearns said...

I am not sure how many Rwandan soldiers have joined the FPLC - it's still a very small movement, I doubt they have more than 100-400 soldiers, although they seem to have opportunistic alliances with the FDLR at times. It is led by a Congolese Tutsi, Gad Ngabo, but it isn't clear what the troop composition is like.

Shark said...

Are these high ranking officers? Is the FPLC a congolese movement or it caters for both rwanda and congo
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