Burundi-Rwanda: Red Tabara is all on their own…

The recent days the militants of the militia Red Tabara has caused headlines as they have crossed the borders of Burundi into Rwandan territory. Speculations into who supports them and such. Has been lasting long.

However, this week its clear, that Red Tabara is not at home in either of the Republics. As Red Tabara first fought Burundian Army in the Municipality of Kabarore in Kayanza Province and in Bukinanyana in Cibitoke Province on the 26th ad 27th September.

While the same fighters crossed from the skirmishes in Burundi into Rwanda. Where the Rwandan Defence Forces was ready to apprehend them.

As they stated in their Press Release: “On 29 September 2020, nineteen (19) Burundian combatants who identified themselves as members of Red Tabara armed group crossed from Burundi to Rwandan territory. The combatants, armed with guns, were apprehended in Nyungwe Forest, Ruheru Sector of Nyaruguru District where they are being held” (REF:RDF/MPR/A/07/10/20).

This means the militants isn’t home at either places. The CNDD-FDD calls Red Tabara a gang of “bandits” in their Communique de Presse on the 2nd October 2020.

What we are seeing is movement and actions made by the Red Tabara. They fought in Burundi, but got caught in Rwanda. A UN Report from 2019 stated that the militia has about 500 – 750 combatants. Therefore, the capture of 20 in Rwanda is a minor loss for the militia. They also have all their military training and recruitment in the high plains of Uvira in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

We can wonder what sort of aftermath this has. Clearly, the Burundian government is against this group and the Rwandan authorities have intercepted them. The Red Tabara works against the CNDD-FDD government and not against the RPF. Therefore, the ones wanting this behind bars are in Bujumbura or in Gitega and not in Kigali.

So, we have to see how this one plays out. If there will be more or if the Red Tabara will cross the borders of the DRC into Burundi again. Before fleeing after yet another attempt to weaken the armed forces of Burundi. Peace.

 

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