A Democratic Republic of Congo soldier, 2nd Lt Banango Bukware who was captured intruding on Rwandan land has been handed over back to his home country today in Rubavu district.
Banango Bukware was caught on Sunday night in Kanyesheja in Busasamana sector of Rubavu district.
Talking to IGIHE, Banango Bukware has revealed that he was caught on Sunday night when he unintentionally crossed the border and walked through Rwanda’s land after meeting his commanders.
“ I returned late at night and forgot that I had crossed the border . I had walked five meters beyond the frontier. I had no bad intentions but the problem was failure to identify the border line” he said.
He explained that he was well treated during the four days of he was in Rwanda.
Lt Col Cassius James who represented Rwanda while handing Banango over to DRC has said that the soldier was illegally on Rwanda’s territory in the night after wandering from the border with a gun and ammunition.
“This soldier was held on Rwanda’s territory and failed to identify where he was walking to in the dark. We seized him with AKM 47 gun number 4340 with two magazines of 40 bullets. We held the soldier waiting to hand him to the Expanded Joint Verification Mechanism (EJVM) as we have good collaboration,” he said.
Col Fulbert OKANDZA representing, EJVM has lauded the act of handing back the soldier describing it as an indication of good cooperation with Rwanda military.
“This happens often for Congo soldiers failing to identify the border. We appreciate our collaboration with Rwanda Defense Force and the act of handing over soldiers,” he said.
- 2nd Lt Banango Bukware
- Rwandan soldiers and Congolese counterparts in discussions that preceded the handing over 2nd Lt Banango Bukware back to his home country