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DRC accepts to release kidnapped Rwandan soldiers

By IGIHE
On 1er juin 2022 at 07:24

Angolan President, João Lourenço who is mediating the tension between Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) has requested President Félix Tshisekedi to release two Rwandan soldiers kidnapped by Congolese Army (FARDC) in collaboration with the Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Rwanda (FDLR), a rebel outfit comprised of remnant masterminds of the 1994 Genocide against Tutsi.

Kidnapped soldiers of Rwanda Defence Force (RDF) include Cpl Nkundabagenzi Elysée and Pte Ntwari Gad.

A statement released by RDF on Saturday last week, indicated that the soldiers were kidnapped on patrol following DRC’s provocations where it shelled Rwandan territory.

Sources reveal that President João Lourenço has requested Tshisekedi to release these soldiers as a symbol of willingness to settle dispute between both countries.

It is said that DRC has responded in favour of the request.

Following the kidnapping, FARDC announced that they had crossed into DRC and apprehended in 20 kilometers away from the border but Rwanda rejected the allegations highlighting that they were kidnapped on patrol.

It is said that Rwandan soldiers refrained from fighting lest the tension between both countries result into a war.

It is said that DRC President has responded in favour of the request. Net Photo

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