Armed ViolenceNews

6 People Die After Rival Groups Clash In Eastern DR Congo

The groups clashed over their claim to two villages which were not controlled by any one of them before now.

Six persons were killed on Saturday, April 30, in clashes between groups representing the Banyamulenge and the Mai-Mai communal militia representing the Force d’Autodefense Biloze Bishambuke (FABB) in Fizi territory of South Kivu, Democratic Republic of Congo.

According to Gady Mukiza, the mayor of the Minembwe rural council, the clashes were triggered by a dispute over  hitherto neutral zones.

“On Saturday, elements of FABB reacted to what they considered a provocation by Twirwaneho, Ngumino and Androide groups, which they accused of having occupied two villages which until then were considered as neutral zones between the two camps,” Mukiza said. 

He confirmed that clashes resulted in six deaths while several were wounded.


The Twirwaneho and Ngumino groups were among the groups represented at recent consultations between the Democratic Republic of Congo authorities and armed groups active in the eastern DR Congo for several years now.

The Nairobi consultations were expected to lead to a final end of armed conflicts in DR Congo but the latest clashes indicated that the dialogue has not achieved the set goals. 

“The Nairobi consultations could unfortunately not put an end to clashes between armed groups in Fizi territory,” said Josephat Musamba, a researcher in the Pedagogic Institute of Bukavu who has been conducting research on armed groups in North Kivu and South Kivu provinces.

“The Congolese state is demanding that armed groups integrate the disarmament and reinsertion programme but in this region, armed groups have been clashing on the questions of territorial occupation,” Musamba added, revealing that FABB was angry because they were not invited to the Nairobi consultations.


Support Our Journalism

There are millions of ordinary people affected by conflict in Africa whose stories are missing in the mainstream media. HumAngle is determined to tell those challenging and under-reported stories, hoping that the people impacted by these conflicts will find the safety and security they deserve.

To ensure that we continue to provide public service coverage, we have a small favour to ask you. We want you to be part of our journalistic endeavour by contributing a token to us.

Your donation will further promote a robust, free, and independent media.

Donate Here

No part of this publication may be reproduced, distributed or transmitted in any form or by any means without proper attribution to HumAngle, generally including the author's name, a link to the publication and a line of acknowledgement.

Chief Bisong Etahoben

Chief Bisong Etahoben is a Cameroonian investigative journalist and traditional ruler. He writes for international media and has participated in several transnational investigations. Etahoben won the first-ever Cameroon Investigative Journalist Award in 1992. He serves as a member of a number of international investigative journalism professional bodies including the Forum for African Investigative Reporters (FAIR). He is HumAngle's Francophone and Central Africa editor.

Related Articles

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.

Back to top button
Translate »