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A Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) soldier was wounded by Rwanda Defence Forces (RDF) as Congolese soldiers scampered for safety after clashing with the genocidal FDLR militia in the eastern part of the volatile but mineral-rich country on Wednesday.

A senior military official monitoring the operations of Rwanda and Congo armed forces’ operations along the border told ChimpReports on Friday the latest development points to possible collaboration between FARDC and FDLR.

It all started at around 18:00 hours with FARDC negotiating with a local FDLR commander to establish a position at Cyanzu and Runyoni (Rutshuru) where the FDLR already had several positions.

This followed rumors that RDF was infiltrating battle-hardened Special Forces to hunt down FDLR in the area.

“The FDLR refused to relocate from their positions to give way to FARDC and in the process they exchanged fire, troche ” the reliable source told this investigative website.

“Some FARDC elements ran in different directions scampering for safety. The FDLR were using heavy weapons to pursue FARDC before a section found itself near a RDF position called Matara in Kinigi (between Sabyinyo and Gahinga volcanoes),” he added.

“Exchange of fire ensued with RDF mistaking the fleeing FARDC for FDLR. One Congolese soldier was wounded in the process.”

The FARDC retreated very fast, leaving some equipment behind them.


The latest incident underlines Rwanda forces’ alertness at the border with Congo.

It also confirms widely circulating reports that FDLR has been positioning its fighters close to the border with Rwanda and that the militia works closely with FARDC.

The fighting further underscores the rising tensions between the two countries as Rwanda continues to struggle with the FDLR threat.

DRC information Minister Lambert Mende told BCC yesterday that RDF had crossed into the vast country, a move he described as an incursion.

Rwanda’s Envoy to United Nations, Olivier Nduhungirehe dismissed the charge as baloney.

Following the brief gunfire at the border, said impeccable sources, DRC deployed about 250 men of the FARDC 391 Battalion commando along the border in Kibumba and Ruhunda areas.

Rwanda also maintains heavily armed elite units on her side.

FDLR’s leaders and their foreign financiers are blamed for the 1994 genocide in which one million people mainly Tutsi were massacred.

They would later carry out atrocities in DRC.

They have since called for talks with President Paul Kagame’s government to share power, a proposal which Kigali has repeatedly thrown into the dustbin.

Rwanda Foreign Affairs Minister Louise Mushikiwabo recently said the country will maintain its preparedness to deal with FDLR “whether armed or unarmed.”
Uganda has received the first multimillion Waste Treatment and Disposal Plant after serious of contentious poor waste management.

Speaking at the launch function yesterday at Nyamasoga Village, store Kabaale Parish, no rx Buseruka Sub County, diagnosis Hoima District where the plant is built, Ahlem Friga-Noy, Corporate Affairs Manager, Total E&P Uganda applauded EnviroServ, a private company incorporated in South Africa for their timely effort to get the project done.

“This is an important milestone in the development of infrastructure required for the growth of the oil and gas sector” Ahlem said.

She revealed that as Total E&P Uganda, they are committed to abiding by international industry best practices and national regulations when it comes to environmental management and expects all its contractors to do the same.”

“In the oil exploration era, waste management is a critical component due to high stakes in waste management that include; legal compliance, adherence to company, national and international standards and environmental and social integrity and sustainability.”

A report from the Industrial Base Line Survey (‘IBS’) undertaken in Uganda in 2013 to evaluate local capacity to supply the oil industry with skills, goods and services; identified hazardous waste management as an important gap where there was no local Ugandan player able to dispose hazardous waste and at the time the local waste transportation companies had average capacities to provide the service.

However with the coming in of key new players like Enviroserv, and consequent licensing of others by NEMA as the industry prepares for the next phase, there is hope the capacities of local Ugandan companies will be developed as proposed in a study to develop Ugandan capacity to manage hazardous waste.

There was also contention on issues including the long term temporary storage of untreated waste as undesirable due to environmental and social challenges this presents inadequate treatment methods that caused a lot of social anxiety citing the Purongo legacy site where all the waste has now been removed and been treated at this very site.

Ahlem further stated that waste tracking systems are essential because it enables successful tracing, waste sorting enhances recyclability, reduces toxicity hazard levels of waste, reduces handling as well as waste treatment costs.

She appealed for support from the stakeholders if they too are to focus on the growth of local companies in line with waste treatment plans as this fosters economic growth through job creation, demand for products and services.

Additional reporting by Pat Robert Larubi 


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