A top Rwandan rebel leader Lieutenant Colonel Idrissa Muradadi today has surrendered to the joint forces of the UN peacekeeping mission (MONUSCO) and the Congolese national armed forces (FARDC).
Reports say that at the joint military offensive, Lieutenant Colonel Muradadi's three bodygoards also turned themselves to the joint forces.
Lt. Col. Muradadi is considered a "big fish" in the rebel group called Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Rwanda or the FDLR.
Muradadi was a leader in the 2nd battalion of the Rwandan Hutu militia known by its French acronym FDLR. The FDLR has terrorized eastern Congo for years by launching brutal attacks on civilians.
The Congolese government has been unsuccessful to eradicate the group, which crossed into Congo after Rwanda's 1994 genocide.
"This is excellent news. "- Manodje Mounoubai, spokesperson for MONUSCO
Muradadi is reportedly sent to a disarmament, demobilization, reintegration, rehabilitation, and repatriation camp after his surrender and will soon be sent to Rwanda, according to MONUSCO.
The MONUSCO spokeperson stresses that Muradadi's surrender will have a demoralizing effect on others FDLR rebels in eastern DR Congo.