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Vol 42 No 6

Published 23rd March 2001


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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