Defence Web on 16th July reported that President Joseph Kabila of the Democratic Republic of Congo has appointed a new army chief, General John Numbi, who is under international sanctions for violent repression of dissent, raising fears of a crackdown.  The new inspector general of the Congolese Armed Forces is under sanctions by the US, EU and Switzerland for alleged killings of scores of civilians by forces controlled by him over several years.  At the same time, a General Gabriel Amisi, also under sanctions for abuses and selling weapons to rebel groups responsible for massacring civilians, was promoted to army deputy chief of staff.  The changes come as elections are due for 23rd December.

Author: raytodd2017

Chartered Legal Executive and former senior manager with Isle of Man Customs and Excise, where I was (amongst other things) Sanctions Officer (for UN/EU sanctions), Export Licensing Officer and Manager of the Legal-Library & Collectorate Support Section

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