President Félix Tshisekedi dismisses 4 senior FARDC officers

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Kinshasa, June 3rd , 2022 (CPA).- The President of the Republic, Félix Antoine Tshisekedi Tshilombo, dismissed 4 senior officers of the Armed Forces of the DRC (FARDC), under the terms of an order read Thursday, on the antennas of the Congolese National Radio Television (RTNC). They are Lieutenant Colonel Kibibi Mutware, Major Sido Bizimungu alias America, Major Aruna Bovic and Major Mundande Kitambala.

The 4 senior officers of the FARDC, accused of trafficking in arms and munitions of war, were presented on March 29th at the esplanade of the governorate of Ituri to the military governor, Lieutenant General Johnny Luboya N’kashama, in the company of civilians, their accomplices. According to the spokesperson for the army in Ituri, Lieutenant Jules Ngongo Tshikudi, these officers are involved in supplying armed groups, in particular CODECO, with weapons and munitions of war intended for FARDC soldiers at the front.

The market with this militia took place in 3 localities of the territory of Djugu: Nizi, Bambu and Kobu, strongholds of CODECO. On the same occasion, another group, consisting of 5 scammers detained in the central prison of Bunia was also presented.

These are people who used the profiles of the provincial authority or its collaborators for the purpose of defrauding peaceful citizens on their behalf from their Facebook or Twitter accounts. A third group included a motorcycle taximan who transported arms and ammunition to the militiamen.

The band also used a Toyota Corona car, plate N°5255AB_07 belonging to a senior FARDC officer. All the people involved in this traffic in arms and munitions of war were apprehended after the arrest on 26 March of Ms. Solange Makusi by FARDC elements committed at the checkpoint on the Nizi River bridge in the territory of Djugu.

She was apprehended in possession of more than 700 munitions of war intended to supply the CODECO militiamen. The arrest of Ms. Solange Makusi enabled the intelligence services to trace the network to dismantle the network and unearth the suppliers, made up of 7 senior FARDC officers, including 3 on the run, who are actively sought by the security services.

ACP/Lys