Who is behind National Liberation Forces (NLF), the New Rebel Group in Rwanda?

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Last week, a new rebel group in Rwanda under the name of National Liberation Forces (NLF) came out to claim the responsibility of the recent wave of attacks in Rwanda in the areas of Nyaruguru which is about a 2hrs drive away from Kigali, the country’s capital.

Under the statement issued by the so-called Rwandan Movement for Democratic Change (RMDC), President Paul Kagame’s government will be put to an immediate end by these rebel forces over reasons of division of the nation, suppression of civil liberties, amending the Constitution to stay in office, harassment of political opponents, failing to address poverty, starvation and mass unemployment among others.

Meanwhile, many Rwandans and neighbors are asking them selves, who is behind this rebel group. Here is what we have got for you about this question.

rwanda rebel leadersAccording to close sources, RMDC is led by Paul Rusesabagina, a wealthy Rwandan humanitarian.

He says that while working as a house manager at the Hotel des Mille Collines in Kigali, he hid and protected 1,200 Hutu and Tutsi refugees from the Interahamwe militia during the Rwandan genocide. He has since won international awards for this alleged heroic act.

Rusesabagina was praised for shinning a spotlight on the crimes committed by the genocidal regime.

However, it now appears Rusesabagina has been quietly recruiting militants to fight President Kagame and now he turns his guns accusing him of human rights abuses.

Other NLF Rebel Leaders

Rusesabagina is deputized by Callixte N. Sankara, who also is the spokesperson of the military wing. A link is about to be established between NLF and dissident Rwandan General Kayumba Nyamwasa.

Sources continue to claim that the third in command is Wilson Irategeka, the leader of a splinter group from the FDLR – a group of militias blamed for the 1994 genocide in Rwanda.

Who is funding these rebels?

Despite appearing in pictures in good conditions and wielding heavy guns and rounds of ammunition, the rebel force’s source of funding and logistics remains unclear.

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