By Moses Gisa
The anti-Rwanda terror group, Front de Liberation Nationale (FLN), has clocked five months without a leader after its political and military commanders were put out of action a few months back in DR Congo.
The overall commander of FLN, “Gen.” Laurent Ndagijimana aka Wilson Irategeka Rumbago was killed on 20 January, this year during an offensive by the DR Congo army, FARDC in Kalehe, South Kivu. Prior to his killing, FLN had lost many of its high command members including Col Théogène Muhawenimana alias Festus Shingiro.
Other commanders, Col. Innocent Ntamuhanga, Lt. Col. Uzziel Hakizimana, Maj. Emmanuel Sekaheri and their spokesperson Herman Nsengimana, were captured with hundreds of their fighters.
Impeccable sources have intimated to this website that there are sharp disagreements between the remaining members of the rag-tag group, over its next leadership. One Col. Hamada who has elevated himself to the rank of Lieutenant General after the death of other commanders, is up against “Lt. Gen.” Antoine Hakizimana alias Geva. According to reliable sources, none of them wants to let the other take over the command of the fractured militia group.
“The few surviving members of the rank and file seem to be reading from different scripts; they are divided with some vouching for Hamada while others want Geva. Geva is the most educated in the FLN camp, and is the brains behind their communication system,” commented the source.
According to accounts by different sources, the militia group has all been obliterated by the FARDC offensive. “Its fighters were killed in hundreds and over 300 were captured. They lost all territories which they had held inside DR Congo. They have now fled into Kahuzi-Biega National Park in Bukavu,” disclosed our source, who requested anonymity.
The end of FLN started with the capture and extradition to Rwanda of its initial firebrand spokesperson, Callixte Nsabimana, the so-called “Sankara”, which was followed by the intensified offensive by the Congolese army starting mid-last year. In December 2019, DRC repatriated over 300 FLN militias led by their head of military operations Col Joseph Gatabazi, alias Gatos Avemaria were sent to Rwanda by the Congolese military after they were captured during the offensive.
The move discouraged members and many of them have lost interest in the cause. Observers attribute FLN’s current state of hopelessness to DRC new leadership’s commitment to sweep armed militias out of its territory, as well as the financial woes and divisionism faced by the political wing, currently headquartered in Brussels.
FLN is a militia outfit created through an amalgamation of different political groups including CNRD-Ubumwe, which was headed by Gen. Irategeka, MRCD which brings together Parti Démocratique au Rwanda (PDR-Ihumure) of Paul Rusesabagina, Rwanda Dream Initiative (RDI-Rwanda Rwiza) of Faustin Twagiramungu, and Rwandese Revolution Movement (RRM) of Callixte Nsabimana, who is currently in prison in Rwanda on terrorism charges.
The terrorist outfit is responsible for some bandit-like attacks inside Rwanda in 2018, especially in south-western Rwanda, where they killed some people, kidnapped others, looted and destroyed property.