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Vol 42 No 6

Published 23rd March 2001


Congo-Kinshasa

Generals, tontons and kidogos

Two months after his father's death, President Joseph Kabila has reshuffled his government and his staff officers, around the figure of his 'uncle' Gaëtan Kakudji, a cousin of the late Kabila Senior who is now Minister of the Interior. On 8 March, he announced that Lieutenant General Sylvestre Lwetsha (from Kivu and 75 years old) remains Chief of General Staff, head of all the services; he was formerly a MaiMai fighter but now has no influence over the Kivu rebels. His number two, Brigadier Gen. Dieudonné Kayumbe, was trained at Saint-Cyr military academy in France and served in Mobutu Sese Seko's army; he gives up the job of deputy Minister of Reconstruction.

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