KIGALI Rwanda (Xinhua) --
The Rwanda Defense Force (RDF)
said it handed over on Saturday bodies of three soldiers
of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DR Congo) who
were killed in Tuesday’s fire exchange between the
armies of the two countries.
commander of RDF’s Second Division, Eugene Nkubito, said
the soldiers died in a fire exchange when they attacked
an RDF position in Rwanda’s northern district of Musanze.
took place at the border of Rwanda and DR Congo in
Rwanda’s northern district of Rubavu. It was witnessed
by military experts of the Expanded Joint Verification
Mechanism (EJVM) of the International Conference on the
Great Lakes Region (ICGLR), Nkubito said.
need for regular meetings of heads of military forces
from both countries to diffuse any tensions which may
lead to fighting, said Nkubito in Rubavu on Saturday.
A DR Congo
army officer, who identified himself as Col. Lumba,
thanked the RDF for the handover and also stressed the
need for regular meetings of army leadership from both
countries to avoid similar incidents in future, Nkubito
experts from EJVM, a group of military experts from 11
member states grouped under the International Conference
on the Great Lakes Region visited the area of the
incident following a meeting with RDF on Thursday in
Rwanda’s northern district of Musanze.
meeting, Rwanda asked the EJVM to investigate the motive
behind the attack.
Wednesday, a spokesman of the Armed Forces of DR Congo (FARDC)
said heavy fighting took place late Tuesday between the
FARDC and “elements of the Rwandan army (RDF)” at the
foot of Mount Nikeno in its province of North Kivu.
also reported the incident to the ICGLR and “demanded
unconditional withdrawal of Rwandan army from its soil,”
the FARDC spokesman said.
been border skirmishes between DR Congo and Rwanda over
Rwanda accused the FARDC of firing a rocket on its
territory in Bugeshi Sector, Rubavu district, Western
Province. The rocket did not cause any casualties.
Rwanda said FARDC fired over 60 projectiles on Rwandan
territory, killing and injuring civilians, including
women and children.
UNICEF says ethnic
strife kills 76 in northeast DR Congo since December
KINSHASA Democratic Republic of
the Congo (Xinhua) --
Seventy-six people have been killed during ethnic
violence gripping northeast Democratic Republic of the
Congo (DRC) since December, according to the United
Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF).
of those killed in the northeastern province of Ituri
were women and children, the UNICEF said.
to the killings, the UN agency said more, than 70
villages were set on fire during the recent violence,
which forced many to flee their homes to places within
the province and to surrounding areas including
three health centers and seven schools have been looted
or burned, depriving children of health care and
education,” said the UNICEF, which estimated that
following the violence, more than 100 schools have
stopped classes, depriving 30,000 children of their
conflicts rose sharply last December between the Hema
and Lendu, two tribes that coexist with difficulty in
Ituri. Between 2001 and 2006, at least 60,000 people
were killed in fighting between the two tribes.
In a recent
report, the UN stressed that the situation in the DRC is
one of the most complex crises in the world, and it has
deteriorated due to the escalation of several local
2018, about 5 million Congolese have been forced to
leave their homes, including 4.35 million within the
country and 674,879 refugees arriving in other African
Five killed after
attack on civilian vehicle in DR Congo
BENI, Democratic Republic of
the Congo (Xinhua) -- At least
five people were killed on Saturday in an attack by
unidentified assailants in the North-Kivu province of
the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC).
the spot said the army intervened soon after the attack
on a civilian vehicle was reported. The vehicle was hit
with several shots.
who were injured have been taken to the general hospital
of Beni. The authorities have not yet identified the
attackers but suspected the Ugandan rebels Allied
Democratic Forces (ADF), active in the part of the
country for decades.
Zambia police says DRC
involved in accident, one seriously hurt
LUSAKA Zambia (Xinhua) --
A 35-year-old driver sustained serious
injuries in Lusaka, the Zambian capital, when his car
hit a vehicle in the motorcade of the president of the
Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Zambian police said
happened around mid-morning when one of the vehicles in
DRC President Joseph Kabila’s motorcade collided with an
oncoming vehicle that failed to give way to the
motorcade, police spokesperson Esther Mwaata-Katongo
not hurt in the incident.
spokesperson said the driver of the vehicle that
collided with the presidential motorcade sustained a
fractured left leg, arm and multiple cuts while the
driver of the vehicle in the presidential motorcade
Mwaata-Katongo said the vehicle, which spun off, hit a
police officer on duty, who sustained injuries on his
vehicle, which was also part of the convoy, hit a parked
car off the road after the driver swerved to the right
trying to avoid hitting a vehicle in front of the
three soldiers and two civilians were killed while 11
others sustained injuries when Kabila’s motorcade was
involved in an accident in his home country.
arrived in Zambia on Saturday to for talks with his
Zambian counterpart, Edgar Lungu.
talks, Kabila assured the international community that
he is dealing with pockets of instability that have
affected some parts of the country, Zambian media
quoted as saying that his government wants to ensure
that its borders with Zambia are free of instability.
On his part,
the Zambian leader urged the international community to
allow the DRC to deal with its problems as a sovereign
Zambia is concerned about the international community’s
heightened interest in the electoral process of the DRC.
also met Zambia’s first president, Kenneth Kaunda,
during the visit, has since returned to the DRC.