On December 23, 2019, FARDC confirmed it had arrested the two leaders, namely the general secretary Uiyamu Mutabazi and a head political wing of CNRD François Muvuni.
The spokesperson of FARDC, Major Léon Richard Kasonga said that the two were arrested in Kalehe, South Kivu through two FARDC attacks on armed militias that operate in RDC.
He said, “We have arrested the general secretary of CNRD named Uiyamu Mutabazi. He is not alone. We also arrested one of the highest politicians of CNRD named François Muvuni. All of them are in our hands and want to return to their country [Rwanda] since peace is all we want.”
Since November 2019, FARDC launched attacks to Kivu South to eradicate all armed rebel militia.
Last week, FARDC announced that it arrested 2000 militia fighters.
By Friday, December 20, 2019, a total of 1600 people, including about 300 of the fighters with their relatives had returned to Rwanda.