Kigali, 17 April 2018
On 15 April 2018 at 8pm, a Rwanda Defence Force officer (Lieutenant) and one of his men (Private) from the 11 Infantry Battalion, while on patrol, accidentally crossed the borderline between Rwanda and Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) at Rubavu District. They were arrested by the soldiers of the Congolese Armed Forces (FARDC) deployed along the border.
The incident occurred in the general border area at Karundo Village, Mbungangali Cell, Gisenyi Sector, at around 10 meters from Rwanda-DRC border.
Lt Col Innocent Munyengango, Defence and Military Spokesperson said:
“This incident was caused by the lack of clear border demarcation between Rwanda and the DRC. It is a regrettable but common cross-border incident as on several occasions we have returned FARDC soldiers who had accidentally crossed to our side. For instance, 34 FARDC soldiers have been returned to DRC between 2016 to 2018.”
The RDF and FARDC, together with the Great Lakes Region Expanded Joint Verification Mechanism, handled the incident amicably and the two (RDF officer and Private) were handed over back yesterday to RDF authorities in Rubavu.