DRC Militia Leader, Ngoa Bisire Surrenders


In short
Raia Mutomboki militia group has been operating in the Walikale territory of North Kivu province. Their leader is now reported to have surrendered, but other militia groups remain in the area.

The leader of the Raia Mutomboki militias in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Ngoa Bisire has surrendered to the United Nations Mission in Congo (MONUSCO). Raia Mutomboki militia have been operating in the Walikale territory of North Kivu province.
Ngoa Bisire is said to have on Monday arrived at the MONUSCO base in Walikale accompanied by four other rebels, suspected to be his body guards.
North Kivu provincial deputy governor, Feller Lutaichirwa says they have already confirmed the surrender and believes that this is a ray of hope for peace in the region. Lutaichirwa says that the decision by Bisire to surrender is an indication that he is committed to denounce armed rebellion. 
Lutaichirwa says that the militia leader is now at a transit camp for demobilization, disarmament, repatriation and reintegration under the MONUSCO located in  Munigi.
Reports from Walikale however indicate there are still some militiamen in the area. The reports reports say another militia group, Mai Mai's Kifuafua led by Delphin Mbaenda does not approve of the surrender. 
The Raia Mutomboki militia is blamed for raping women, recruiting children into its ranks,abductions, highway robberies, illegal mining and cutting of timber.
Congolese government army spokesperson, Colonel Olivier Amuli, told URN on phone that the DRC army welcomes peaceful means of resolving conflict and believes that this is a sign that those who are still in the bush should give up armed conflict and work with the government for the good of their country.
Raia Mutomboki started in the late 1990's as a local response to the rampant insecurity but took advantage of the weaknesses in the various peace processes in the east of the DRC.
The situation by that time helped the movement to evolve from a local militia to violently spread across large parts of North and South Kivu. 


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Anthony Kushaba
For Anthony Kushaba, journalism is not just a job; it is a calling. Kushaba believes journalism is one of the few platforms where the views of the oppressed and margainalised can be heard. This is what his journalism aims to do: bring to light untold stories.

Kushaba is the Mbarara region URN bureau chief. Mitooma, Ntungamo, Bushenyi, Sheema, Isingiro, and Kiruhura districts fall under his docket. Kushaba has been a URN staff member since 2012.

Kushaba is a journalism graduate from Uganda Christian University Study Centre at Bishop Barham College in Kabale. Before joining URN, Kushaba worked with Voice of Kigezi (2008), Bushenyi FM (2010) and later on to Voice of Muhabura.

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