The Gasabo Primary court is hearing a case involving the spokesperson of the Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Rwanda (FDLR) militia, Ignace Nkaka best known as LaForge Fils Bazeye, who has been in custody following his arrest by the Congolese army mid December 2018.
Nkaka was arrested at the Bunagana border together with Lt Col Jean Pierre Nsekanabo, who was the head of intelligence.
The National Public Prosecution Authority submitted to the court the case after a complete dossier filled by the Rwanda Investigation Bureau.
According to Prosecution, the two were presented to court for pre trial detention hearing.
“They are suspected of committing offences related to terrorism and threats to National Security as well as conspiracy to commit these offences. Prosecution is continuing investigation into this matter,” the office of the prosecutor general said on monday morning.
More developments from the court will be shared.
Who Ignace Nkaka?
Nkaka, it is said, replaced another FDLR mouth-piece Michel Habimana, alias Edmond Ngarambe, who was captured in a joint military operation by Congolese and Rwandan troops in 2009.
Until 2009, Nkaka was deputy spokesperson and became full spokesperson after the capture of his former boss.
The native of the former Gisenyi Préfecture (current Rubavu District), Nkaka was a student at the then Nyakinama University in the present-day Musanze District at the peak of the Genocide against the Tutsi in 1994.
Between July 1994 and November 1996, he is believed to have lived with his wife in Kibumba Refugee Camp, in North Kivu.
A year later, he returned to Rwanda and then left again, in 1998, to join the former Army for the Liberation of Rwanda (ALIR), a militia group largely composed of members of the Interahamwe and defeated government forces of the Genocidal regime, as a civilian political cadre.
His elder brother, Lt.Col. Léonard Nkundiye, alias Kirenge – former chief of the Republican Guard – was deputy chief of staff of ALIR and coordinator of the activities of its political wing, the Party for the Liberation of Rwanda (PALIR), until his death in battle with other insurgents in 1998.
In 2000, ALIR merged with other groups based in Kinshasa and formed FDLR.
For the past 24 years, the militia outfit has been entrenched in the DRC’s vast eastern region where they have continued to cause a humanitarian catastrophe – killing, raping and plundering – as well as launching attacks into Rwanda.
The militia last week struck again, exchanging fire with the Rwanda Defence Force (RDF) before being repulsed.