Andre Kapampa, the Mayor of Kasumbalesa, the third-largest town in Haut-Katanga province of the Democratic Republic of Congo, has banned wearing dresses similar to the army and police uniforms.
The Mayor says the measure was to avoid confusion in identifying the real army and police operatives from miscreants and criminals, including elements of armed groups who have been using the guise to perpetrate crimes in the town.
The decision was part of the outcome of an enlarged civil society meeting on Tuesday, June 7, held in Kasumbalesa.
The meeting also agreed to, among other things, ban protests in Kasumbalesa town and the creation of a delegation to see the provincial authorities to deliberate on the outcome of the meeting.
Kasumbalesa has seen several cases of insecurity in the past weeks, forcing the local populations to cry out for the urgent intervention of the municipal authorities.
The resurgence of criminality comes after some months of relative calm observed in this important town in the southeast of DR Congo.
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