38 Rebels From Different Armed Groups Surrender In DR Congo

The repentant rebels belonged to different armed groups behind the armed conflict in the DR Congo and are being handled by the United Nations Organisation Stabilisation Mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo (MONUSCO).

Thirty rebels drawn from three different armed groups in South Kivu have surrendered to the United Nations Organisation Stabilisation Mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo (MONUSCO) while eight others operating in the Kahuzio-Biega National Park also surrendered to the DR Congo national army, FARDC.

Among those who surrendered was the self acclaimed General Justin Mabala who surrendered to MONUSCO in Walungu, with nine elements of his armed movement and 13 weapons. 

According to the Disarmament, Demobilisation and Reinsertion (DDR) section of MONUSCO, the repentant rebels arrived at Bukavu on Wednesday, May 11.

A statement from the DDR revealed that the former rebels grouped themselves in a MONUSCO transit camp situated in the Higher Institute of Pedagogy.

Other elements of the Mai-Mai Blaise dissident faction who had been active in Kabare territory, precisely in Nidja also surrendered to MONUSCO.

“Dissident elements of the Mai-Mai Raia Mutomboki Blaise group surrendered this night of May 15 to 16, 2022 at the MONUSCO transit camp in Bukavu,” DDR said in the statement.

“There are 10 of them including two women. Their children remained within the community. There are altogether 13 children whose ages range from two to 18 years.”

In Mwenga territory, seven other Mai-Mai rebels of the Ruma group surrendered, according to Bundya Kikass, the administrator of Mwenga.

“It was in the Lwindi chiefdom where seven Mai-Mai of the Ruma group surrendered to MONUSCO. These Mai-Mai rebels surrendered along with six local weapons,” Kikass revealed.

The eight rebels who surrendered to the FARDC in Kahuzi-Biega national park came along with eight weapons.

All the rebels who surrendered last weekend are being taken care of by MONUSCO in its Bukavu base.

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