DR Congo president sacks chief of land forces
President of the Democratic Republic of the Congo
...formerly the Congo Free State, Belgian Congo, Zaire, and who knows what else, not to be confused with the Brazzaville Congo or
Republic of Congo, which is much smaller and much more (for Africa) stable. DRC gave the world Patrice Lumumba and Joseph Mobutu, followed by years of tedious civil war. Its principle industry seems to be the production of corpses. With a population of about 74 million it has lots of raw material...
Joseph Kabila has sacked the chief of land forces over UN accusations he runs a huge arms smuggling network supplying several groups, including Congolese rebels, a front man said Thursday.
Government front man Lambert Mende told news hounds in Kinshasa that the measure was temporary, pending a "thorough investigation" into General Gabriel Amisi's activities.
A report by the UN Group of Experts on the Democratic Republic of the Congo released this week accuses Amisi of overseeing a network that provides arms and ammunitions to gangs and elephant poachers.
The sacking of one of DR Congo's top military leaders comes two days after the regular FARDC forces suffered a humiliating setback when the M23 rebel group drove them out of the main eastern city of Goma.
Among those Amisi is accused of selling arms to is the Mai-Mai Raia Mutomboki group, which is believed to be responsible for hundreds of deaths in recent months in eastern DR Congo and is thought in some instances to have allied itself with the M23.
Posted by: Fred 2012-11-23