On the 30th April 2019, the news of the arrest of Callixte Nsabimana, aka Sankara became public. As he was awaiting trial of his involvement in armed rebellion against the state. This was done from July 2018 under the outfit of the Mouvement Rwandais pour le Changement Democratique (M.R.C.D) or Rwandan Movement For Democratic Change (M.R.C.D), which he came from the National Forces of Liberation (FNL) part of this. Another rebel-group that has had and currently have military operations in the Democratic Republic of Congo.
All of this is now on trial, as the former Rebel is answering for his crimes. What is striking, is how openly he is claiming that Ugandan authorities helped them out. There was even promises of more from the CMI. This is clearly stating the facts of covert operations done and the meetings reported on earlier in the year, that the Ugandan authorities held meetings with DRC rebels to topple and cause havoc in Rwanda. This information comes directly from one of the parties, as the secrecy is now out.
“Terror suspect Callixte Nsabimana today appeared before Kacyiru Primary Court where he was charged with 16 terror-related crimes.The suspect pleaded guilty to all the charges but told court he only ordered attacks on security organs and not civilians” (…) “Nsabimana is now addressing court, starts by explaining circumstances under which the terror outfit to which he was leader attacked civilians in Southern Province last year. Nsabimana: We had given FNL specific instructions that whatever operation they launch, it should be about destroying bridges, ambush military cars, attack sector, district, police and military camps. When I was arrested and showed evidence of what had happened. I was shocked to see that six people were killed and most were women. After I saw the evidence, I made a decision that I would not to hide anything about FNL. I did not give them instructions to kill civilians and I take responsibility of my part in it. I would like to apologise to the President, the injured, the families of the ones that passed away and to Rwandans in general. From today on wards, I am done with FLN and whatever else they may do is on them not me. I have been working with people from the Intelligence in Burundi but to be specific, the government and military was not involved. They we’re not aware of our clandestine operations. We have met Ugandan military officials. There was a scheduled meeting with Brig. Gen Kandiho but on the day of the meeting, he had an emergency so he sent a Colonel. We requested for military and diplomatic support from Uganda and we got a positive answer. By the time of my arrest, our delegation was in the process of going back to Uganda to collect on the promise made by Chieftaincy of Military Intelligence. I apologise for the things I have done. I know the benefits of not making court go through a long unnecessary trial because most of my crimes are so damning and the evidence is overwhelming” (The New Times Rwanda, 23.05.2019).
I am not shocked or surprised that he would state this, that there been interest and that there been movement, where the Ugandan authorities have supported rebels in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Is long well-known, as well, as there been knowledge of groups from Rwanda doing the same. So, its not like any of the states or their head of states is innocent on this matter.
What is more striking is the way its been said and documented, that the former rebel is saying this directly and without codes. His pinpointing directly at Kampala and CMI. Where he is even stating names to the Rwandan Court. That is what is more shocking, that he isn’t keeping it in, but revealing it to the public. What is also rare, is that the Rwandan Newspaper is stating what the Rwandan authorities at one point didn’t want to say. That they were attacked last year by the M.R.C.D. but now as they are weak and lost one of their leaders. They can reveal that matter too.
Surely, this is not an accident, but a mere reflection of the backroom, the shady underworld of the rebels and their arrangements with the various states. So that they can operate and even thrive. That is why, at one point, Sankara said he would topple Kagame. Something, he didn’t do, but instead will spend time behind bars for trying to do so.
There is surely more to this, as the group and outfit is still there. Just as the remains of the groups that it was combined off. What we only know, is the lingering questions, what was they about to collect and what was offered in the meetings? Not to talk about, how was they planning this and to what extent? Because, there is more underlying questions, which have been left unanswered. Except, that they might never tell, because its only the “high above” who knows that. Peace.