President Felix Tshisekedi of the Democratic Republic of Congo has condemned “complicity between army officers and the Cooperative for the Development of Congo (CODECO) armed group responsible for the recent massacres in Ituri”.
President Tshisekedi was addressing about 10 military officers and police during the opening of a seminar on “Military Ethics and Deontology” within the armed forces of the Democratic Republic of Congo (FARDC) on Thursday, May 12, just five days after the massacre of at least 50 civilians in Djugu territory of Ituri province.
“Either our army is incapable or these CODECO bandits, a conglomerate of criminals, benefit from complicity within our armed forces. This is not acceptable,” the President said, adding that “we must search for those responsible for these wrong-doings”.
At the moment, eight DR Congo military officers are facing trial in Bunia in Ituri province for having given ammunition to the CODECO armed group which they are supposed to be combating.
“This is the first time in our history that we have spent so much on our army, but I am disappointed to see that despite all the efforts, the security results are not commensurate with the finances made available,” President Tshisekedi said.
The president did not reveal the sums of money put at the disposal of the army within the context of the state of siege in Ituri and North Kivu where military officers have full powers to combat armed groups for more than one year now without succeeding in putting an end to massacres of the civilian populations.
Last Tuesday, May 10, 2022, 14 displaced persons including nine children were killed in an attack attributed to CODECO and during the night of last Saturday, these same militia killed 35 civilians in an artisanal mining site.
“I am fed up that hardly a day passes without us counting victims. We cannot continue to count the dead in this way,” President Tshisekedi told the army officers.
Support Our Journalism
There are millions of ordinary people affected by conflict in Africa whose stories are missing in the mainstream media. HumAngle is determined to tell those challenging and under-reported stories, hoping that the people impacted by these conflicts will find the safety and security they deserve.
To ensure that we continue to provide public service coverage, we have a small favour to ask you. We want you to be part of our journalistic endeavour by contributing a token to us.
Your donation will further promote a robust, free, and independent media.Donate Here