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DR Congo Says No To Recruitment Of Former Rebels Into Army, Police

The new administration in DR Congo has said it will not bring former rebels into its security forces.

The newly sworn-in Prime Minister of the Democratic Republic of Congo, Sama Lukonde and his government say they would not give room for former rebels to be recruited into the country’s army or the police again. 

Lukonde and his cabinet were sworn in on Monday, April 26, with a focus to fight against armed groups in the eastern part of the country and the security of the borders. 

“For the government, the army must be and remain the wall on our frontiers and the police the guardians of our towns and villages,” the Prime Minister announced.

He announced the fusion of the Disarmament, Demobilisation and Reinsertion programme with the Stabilisation and Reconstruction of Zones coming out of Armed Conflict. 

According to him, the fused programmes would henceforth be known as the “Disarmament, Demobilisation, Communal Reinsertion and Stabilisation (DDRCS).”

Lukonde explained that the fusion of the two programmes is aimed at not only more cohesion but also efficacy in the reinsertion of those demobilised “towards economic activities and public interest far away from arms.”

“Consequently, the government would no longer accept, in any accord, the incorporation of rebels into the army or the police,” he revealed.

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Chief Bisong Etahoben

Chief Bisong Etahoben is a Cameroonian investigative journalist and traditional ruler. He writes for international media and has participated in several transnational investigations. Etahoben won the first-ever Cameroon Investigative Journalist Award in 1992. He serves as a member of a number of international investigative journalism professional bodies including the Forum for African Investigative Reporters (FAIR). He is HumAngle's Francophone and Central Africa editor.

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