One of the genocidal militia’s top leaders still at large and was wanted by the International Criminal Court for war crimes and crimes against humanity Lt. Gen. Sylvestre Mudacumura was killed today on 18 September 2019. He was the overall commander of the “Forces Combattants Abacunguzi (FOCA)”; the military wing of the rebel “Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Rwanda (FDLR)”. The FDLR comprises of elements blamed for the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi, in Rwanda, which claimed the lives of over a million Rwandans over a period of three months. Throughout its stay in Eastern DRC, It was also responsible for many terrorist attacks committed in both Rwanda and DRC and claims hundreds of lives of innocent civilians.
According to different captured combatants; General Mudacumura had clear and immediate command responsibility over FDLR forces. “It is Mudacumura who gave all the overall instructions and commands, and others follow his orders… No operation could ever be done without his consent”
The Democratic Republic of Congo’s army (FARDC) confirmed that on Wednesday morning it had killed Lt. Gen. Sylvestre Mudacumura, the commander of a Rwandan Hutu militia who is wanted by the International Criminal Court. Surprisingly, one can guess what he was grabbing when he was being shot a round of bullets in his old chest. Was it a pistol? SMG? Or a knife? No! He was unexpectedly grabbing a spoon!! it is very embarrassing for a full general to be killed in such spooning manner?
Recently, news circulated that there was a group of Kayumba Nyamwasa’s P5 elements that wanted to negotiate with FDLR for joining forces to wage a periodic and heavy war in the great lakes region. However, according to human rights researchers these alliances have been tried many times and squawked in their infant stage due to power struggle among the group members; may be it was Mudacumura who was the problem and now he is done; then, who is going to continue his way? Is it Kayumba Nyamwasa and his P5 elements, if their alliance is welcomed or it is Gaston Iyamuremye Byiringiro and Pacifique Ntawunguka who will reject the request and continue with their genocidal team only?. It is astonishing, if it is Kayumba Nyamwasa who is going to step in; will he bear the same fate of spoon death as he will be replacing an equivalent military rank.
The neutralization of Sylvestre Mudacumura is good news for the Congolese army because he was the head of the radical wing of the FDLR who opposed voluntary repatriation to Rwanda and his neutralization is a strong signal to the other rebels groups that destabilizes the region. It is also good news for countries of the Great Lakes Region for different economic activities such as tourism that was threatened by different terror acts of the group.
However it is sad news for members of different genocide denial groups in the region and in Europe that relied on FDLR for long time to finish their genocidal program. Those groups include Jambo asbl that mostly composed of children of FDLR cadres such as Liliane Bahufite, the Daughter of Lt Col. Juvenal Bahufite EX militia trainer, Natacha Abingeneye; the daughter of Juvenal Uwiringiyimana, creater of the militia, Robert Mugabowindekwe; the son of Col. Ephrem Rwabarinda, and so many others. It may also be sad news for FDU-Inkingi members composed of brothers and sisters of FDLR members and even some of them were among the founders of FDLR.