Three Senior DRCongo Officers Arrested: Prosecutors
Sumaira FH 1 month ago Thu 24th June 2021 | 12:25 AM
Three senior military officers have been arrested in the northeastern DR Congo province of Ituri, suspected of having falsely inflated troop numbers, military prosecutors said Wednesday
Bunia, DR Congo, (APP - UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News - 23rd Jun, 2021 ) :Three senior military officers have been arrested in the northeastern DR Congo province of Ituri, suspected of having falsely inflated troop numbers, military prosecutors said Wednesday.
The arrests come in a province that has been under military control since May 6 because of repeated attacks by an array of militia groups.
"We have arrested three senior officers suspected of inflating the troops numbers in Ituri," military prosecutor Joseph Makelele Mukenge told AFP.
President Felix Tshisekedi had recently denounced "the problem of the mafia, of schemes inside the armed forces," said Mukenge.
"We have to strike hard to put things in order," he added. He did not name the officers or give any further details on the charges against them.
But two other officers, including a colonel, are due to go on trial accused of losing military weapons, he said.
"A mafia has developed inside the army, inside our institutions", which the authorities would have to unravel, he said.
Both Ituri province and North Kivu, just to the south, have been under military control since early May because of the insurgency.
According to the Kivu Security Tracker (KST), a US-headquartered NGO that monitors violence in the region, there are some 120 armed groups operating in the region.