#PoliticoCD. | State of siege: warlord Gilbert Bwirale under arrest

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The Armed Forces of the Democratic Republic of Congo (FARDC) arrested Saturday, October 10 in Goma in the province of North Kivu, the leader of an armed group Gilbert Bwira, announces the Kivu Security Barometer.

Gilbert Bwira was for a long time number 2 of Guidon Shimiray’s Nduma defense of Congo-Rénové (NDC-R) before leading a dissidence with a large part of the troops in July 2020.

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This warlord informs the Kivu Security Barometer, worked closely with the FARDC and his group was involved in at least 40 incidents, mostly clashes with groups hostile to the FARDC such as the NDC-R / Guidon, the APCLS and some Nyatura militias.

In September, his former collaborator, the self-proclaimed general and leader of the self-defense movement Nduma defense of Congo NDC-R active in North Kivu province, Guidon Shimiray Mwisa, said he was ready to surrender to the Armed Forces of the Republic. Democratic Republic of Congo (FARDC). However, he set a number of conditions.

He demanded from the government the recognition of the ranks of its militiamen within the FARDC for those who will choose to join the army, the care of the wounded, and the posting of former NDC-Rs who have become FARDC soldiers in the areas formerly occupied by the NDC-R.

Carmel NDEO

Source: PoliticoCD.

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