Congo's Kabila Appoints Army Chief Under International Sanctions

Congo's Kabila Appoints Army Chief Under International Sanctions

John Numbi has been placed under sanctions by the US, EU and Switzerland for alleged murders of several civilians by his-controlled forces for years.

Kabila changes army command in election yearKenny Katombe / Reuters / 26.1.2018Congo's President Joseph Kabila has appointed a new army chief under international sanctions for the violent crackdown on dissent, raising fears of impending crackdown.State television reported Sunday that Kabila had appointed Gen. John Numbi to the role of Inspector General of the Congolese Armed Forces.Numbi was placed under sanctions by the United States, the European Union and Switzerland for alleged murders of several civilians by forces controlled by him for several years.His promotion was part of a reform that also included General Gabriel Amisi, also under sanctions for abuses and for selling weapons to rebel groups responsible for the massacre of civilians, promoted to deputy chief of staff.Another senior general, Celestin Mbala, has been named army chief of staff, state television reported.The changes come ahead of a December 23 election in a vast Central African country c...


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