Burundi army chief pledges cooperation

KIGALI - Rwanda and Burundi will continue to share information on the Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Rwanda (FDLR) operations in the DRC.This was revealed yesterday by the visiting head of Burundian armed forces, Maj. Gen. Godefroid Niyombare.He said that through the cooperation, they will jointly frustrate any plans by FDLR or Interahamwe militia, to disturb the tranquility of the two neighbours.
RDF Chief of Defence Staff Lt Gen Charles Kayonga (L) and his Burundian counterpart Maj. Gen. Godefroid Niyombare during their meeting yesterday (Courtesy Photo).
RDF Chief of Defence Staff Lt Gen Charles Kayonga (L) and his Burundian counterpart Maj. Gen. Godefroid Niyombare during their meeting yesterday (Courtesy Photo).

KIGALI - Rwanda and Burundi will continue to share information on the Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Rwanda (FDLR) operations in the DRC.

This was revealed yesterday by the visiting head of Burundian armed forces, Maj. Gen. Godefroid Niyombare.

He said that through the cooperation, they will jointly frustrate any plans by FDLR or Interahamwe militia, to disturb the tranquility of the two neighbours.

“Disturbing Rwanda is the same as disturbing Burundi, and we jointly have to address the insecurity in Eastern Congo so that nothing can happen to this country or to Burundi,” said Niyombare, after meeting his Rwandan counterpart, Lt Gen Charles Kayonga.

“I think up to now, everything is under control. We continue to monitor everything, and nothing will disturb these two countries,” added Niyombare, who said he was in the country on a mutual visit.

“I think we need to meet, when it’s possible, to, exchange experiences, and see, what we can do to improve our security.”

Gen Kayonga reiterated that the two countries share common threats because the negative forces’ area of operation is in eastern Congo, which neighbours the two countries.

He noted that the Interahamwe elements use Burundi to enter Rwanda, hence the reason for routine meetings.

“When they try to infiltrate, they pass through Burundi; so it’s important that we meet, discuss, these things and see how we can share intelligence – and even plan joint specialised operations to get some of these people, whether on the territory of Burundi or wherever they might be,” Kayonga said.

According to accounts by some of the suspects currently in custody over a spate of grenade attacks in the country, which are said to have been perpetrated by the FDLR, those who brought the grenades into the country claim they passed through Burundi.

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