A spokesman for the president stated the wave of appointments is a part of a broader framework of navy reforms.
The President of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Felix Tshisekedi, has changed the top of the nation’s armed forces as a part of broader navy reforms geared toward rising effectivity.
In a presidential assertion on Monday, Christian Tshiwe Tsonghesha, the previous commander of the Republican Guard, an elite unit to guard the top of state, was named as the brand new military chief, changing Celestin Mbala Mussen.
The brand new deputy chief of employees in control of operations, Jerome Chico Tsitambawe, comes from the identical unit.
“Virtually the whole employees has been changed by younger officers. Many Republicans are off the guard, however not all, and that is as a result of they’ve confirmed themselves,” stated Giscard Kusema, the president’s deputy director of communications.
The DRC’s navy is combating a number of armed teams, primarily in its troubled east the place ethnic militias and different armed teams are combating for management close to the borders with Uganda and Rwanda.
In line with a current UN depend, there are at the least 120 armed teams within the turbulent east of the DRC and navy operations by neighboring states similar to Uganda, Rwanda and Burundi should not unusual.
The wave of appointments to the DRC’s navy is a part of a broader framework of navy reform, Kusema informed Reuters. A brand new navy programming regulation was not too long ago drawn up for the interval 2022-2025.
“For years, all specialists have been calling for a navy programming regulation that provides the navy higher monetary autonomy and suppleness in procedures,” Kusema stated.