Â Top FDLR rebel chief escort defects
One of the top Chief escort to the Supreme commander of The Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Rwanda (FDLR) rebel group has defected from rebels activities and returned to Rwanda
Captain Aphrodice Munyampeta a.k.a Prince arrived today in Rwanda, through the western border of DRC and Rwanda and was accompanied by four other combatants and their families.
Capt. Munyampeta was chief escort of Maj. Gen Gaston Iyamuremye a.k.a Victor Rumuri Byiringiro, the supreme leader of FDLR rebels who have spent two decades fight a losing war against Rwanda.
â€œRwanda looks really good. There has been great changeâ€ said in a statement after being received on the Rwandan side by local officials just after being handed over by UN DR Congo peacekeeping (Monusco) forces.
â€œFor 31 years, I have been a combatant. There is no future in FDLR,â€ he said adding that his children are still young and he wants to give them a better future.
Munyampeta was born in Gatonde village in Gakenke district, Northern Rwanda.
Rwanda has continued to receive many former Top FDLR ranking rebels deserters, and some of them are already integrated in the society while other continue to be trained with various life skills ahead of being released into the Rwandan community.
Besides rebels operating with FDLR several civilians had also done likewise and in December 2015, at least 21 Rwandan families composed of 93 persons have successfully returned to their home country after spending years in the forests of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).