General Laurent  Nkunda (Laurent Nkundabatware or Laurent Nkunda Batware)

General Laurent Nkunda (Laurent Nkundabatware or Laurent Nkunda Batware)

Dissident General in North Kivu province of Congo-Kinshasa, chief of RDC-Goma

Date of Birth: 02/02/1967
Place of Birth: Nord-Kivu, Congo-Kinshasa

Education: BA Psychology, Kisangani University.

Career: Front National Patriotique Rwandais (RPF), Rwanda, 1993-94; Alliance des forces démocratiques pour la libération du Congo (AFDL), Congo-Kinshasa; Officer, Ressemblement Congolais pour la Démocratie-Goma (RCD-Goma), 1998-2002; Congolese Army, 2003-04; Leader, Congrès National pour la Défense du Peuple (CNDP), 2006-09.

Commentary: Laurent Nkunda is a Congolese Tutsi born in 1967 in the Nord Kivu province of east Congo-Kinshasa. He started his military career in the RPF in 1993, which stopped the genocide in Rwanda in July 1994 perpetrated by the Hutu government in Kigali.

After the victory in Rwanda, Nkunda returned to Congo-Kinshasa, joining the rebellion of Alliance des forces démocratiques pour la libération du Congo (AFDL) led by Laurent-Désiré Kabila (the father of the current president of Congo, Joseph Kabila). The AFDL dismissed Mobutu Sese Seko in 1997.

In 1998 Nkunda became an officer of Ressemblement Congolais pour la Démocratie-Goma (RCD-Goma) in the context of the Second Congo War. At the end of the war with the peace of Luanda signed 6 of September 2002 and following the formation of a transitional government, Nkunda joined the new Congolese army with the rank of general. However he rejected the authority of the new government and withdrew to the east province of Kivu with soldiers of the ex RCD-Goma, starting the Kivu War. He formed the political party Congrès National pour la Défense du Peuple (CNDP) in 2006 but lost his position when he was arrested in Rwanda in 2009, his arrest also marked the end of the Kivu War.



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Vol 53 N0 15


M23 makes the running

Yet Makenga and Ntaganda have been rivals since Ntaganda deposed Laurent Nkunda as head of the CND in 2009...

Vol 53 N0 14


Rebels aim for Kivu secession

Laurent Nkunda, a Congolese Tutsi, who was ‘deposed’ by Bosco Ntaganda and is supposedly under house arrest in Kigali...

Vol 53 N0 11


Rwanda looms larger in Kivu

Laurent Nkunda and saw it absorbed into the FARDC...

Vol 53 N0 9


Wanted – the Terminator

Laurent Nkunda’s, regarding Ntaganda as a traitor since he lined up behind Kabila in 2009...

Vol 53 N0 1


One election, two countries

Laurent Nkunda’s Conseil national pour la défense des peuples (CNDP) will keep up its fight against the rulers in Kinshasa...

Vol 52 N0 13


Call back

In 2008, the group accused a Rwandan businessman, Tribert Rujugiro, of supporting the Tutsi rebel General Laurent Nkunda, which Rujugiro strongly denied...

Vol 52 N0 11


Prosperity and paranoia

Laurent Nkunda, and Gad Ngabo of the Forces patriotiques pour la libération du Congo (FPLC) militia, and the Mai-Mai group Cheka...

Vol 51 N0 24


The case against Kabila's army

Laurent Nkunda), the FDLR and Nyamwasa worries Kabila and also Rwandan President Paul Kagame This is why Kagame has sent Rwandan troops into eastern Congo, apparently with Kabila's full consent...

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Kagame’s troops return to Congo

A month earlier, the military intelligence section of the United Nations’ Mission de l’Organisation des nations unies pour la stabilisation du Congo (Monusco) reported ‘unconfirmed allegations’ by former officers of the renegade Tutsi General Laurent Nkunda, currently under house arrest in Rwanda, that two RDF battalions were deployed around Walikale...

Vol 51 N0 21


Murder again

Kabila actually promoted Ntaganda, formerly second-in-command to the dissident Tutsi General Laurent Nkunda, to deputy coordinator of Operation Kimia 2...

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