Painting by Cheri Samba

Lokuta eyaka na ascenseur, kasi vérité eyei na escalier mpe ekomi. Lies come up in the elevator; the truth takes the stairs but gets here eventually. - Koffi Olomide

Ésthetique eboma vélo. Aesthetics will kill a bicycle. - Felix Wazekwa

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Promotions in Congolese army, precursors to military reform?

Back to blogging after a two month long hiatus. I will be catching up on some of the M23, national dialogue, and third term debates soon.

Yesterday, the Congolese media published a list of new promotions in the Congolese army, including 106 new generals. This includes three ex-CNDP commanders: Esaie Munyakazi, Innocent Gahizi and Innocent Kabundi, but also a whole slew of former Mai-Mai and Hutu Local Defence commanders (Alunda, Nakabaka, Kasikila, Mayanga, and Rugayi).

In any case, the promotions are not the real story, although they do provide some solace to officers who were worrying about their future. In the Congo, very little money depends on your ranks––a Lieutenant-General earns a monthly salary of around $130, just about $60 more than the rank-and-file soldier. The money comes with the position, which bring with it official supplements (prime de commandement, fond secret de renseignement, etc.) as well as opportunities for all kind of illegal rackets. So the real news will come when the new army structure is announced and new positions are doled out, which according to some of those promoted may come later this week.

What is this new structure? According to the official plan, the county will be split into three Zones de Défense, based in Kisangani, Lubumbashi, and Kinshasa. Each zone will have three rapid reaction brigades, two defense brigades, and a share of the 20 regiments (to be reconstituted out of the current 32). As the current military regions will remain, this means that a new layer of military bureaucracy will be created, creating hundreds of new positions for officers.

Will these new structures be successful? Hard to say––the army reform plan deals mostly with form, not with substance. It creates new structures, calls for new equipment and more training. But it does not provide remedies for the root problems of the army: parallel chains of command, rampant racketeering and embezzlement, and impunity.

These new structures will, however, allow the government to deploy some of the ex-Mai-Mai and ex-CDNP officers who have been involved in local militia politics, smuggling, and profiteering in the Kivus in recent years. But will the new commanders be better?

5 comments:

mohammed sadiq ullah said...

Thanks for sharing this great Post dude
Web Design Companies In Bangalore

Prabal Chowdhury said...

Great Job! I appreciate your writing. Thanks for your detail info. Here I would like to suggest a safety tool.
Raporlite -The World’s Brightest Tactical Flashlight
A tactical flashlight could be your most effective weapon when it comes to self-defense. If you’re under attack, you don’t want to hesitate for a second and by using the world’s brightest tactical light you ensure you can identify the assailant immediately and take appropriate action.
Raporlite is no ordinary flashlight. Our tactical flashlights are used by law enforcement officers and military personnel who need to use the brightest lights available on their weapons. A gun with a mounted Raporlite allows the user to see their target clearly, even in the darkest conditions, and aim with complete accuracy.
Using a handgun in low light can be a recipe for disaster. Not only are you likely to miss your intended target, but you are also at risk of injuring anyone who may wander in front of your path if you cannot see clearly. The best tactical flashlights light up the area like daylight so you can see exactly what your gun is pointing at.
A tactical flashlight – your first line of defense
But Raporlite tactical flashlights don’t have to be mounted to a gun in order to be a great tool for self-defense. Attackers generally don’t like to be seen and just shining this super bright light at them may be enough to deter opportunistic attacks.
If you’re planning to be out in an area that is not well lit, it makes sense to carry one of our compact LED flashlights with you. We’ve all been in situations where we feel unsafe walking in the street at night and for good reason – most attacks happen under cover of darkness. You have less chance of being mugged if there are no shadowy areas for attackers to lurk in and as the world’s brightest tactical flashlight Raporlite can illuminate half a mile in front of you.
Another simple but effective function of the Raporlite tactical light is its ability to dazzle would-be attackers. As your first line of defense, shining this insanely bright light into the assailant’s eyes will disorient them and cause them to lose their vision for a few seconds, allowing you to escape or raise the alarm.
If it comes to it, you can also use our tactical flashlights as a weapon if you are attacked and have no other method of self-defense. The aggressive attack bezel can be used to strike an attacker in the face before he can make advances.
What is the best tactical flashlight?
Our flashlights are compact, making them easy to carry on your person. They’re also rechargeable so there is no risk of running out of batteries, rendering your flashlight useless. As the world’s brightest tactical flashlight, the Raporlite is three times brighter than the nearest competitor and also the best value, at a price you’ll find hard to believe.
When it comes to your safety, there is really no excuse to settle for anything less than the best. By choosing a Raporlite tactical LED flashlight, you can have peace of mind knowing that you are fully prepared in case of attack.
For detail information Please go http://www.raptorlite.com

dior anthony said...

All bloggers should read this blog.All bloggers should read this blog.
Wholesale Jerseys

Abu Saleh said...

Moving Simplified We found out this morning that we may be headed to
Fort Bragg this summer(surprising as we weren't due to PCS for another year)
fort bragg pcs

sadia sulaman said...

I appreciate your efforts to bring such a huge list for us. Nice feeling by reading this types of things…thanks.www.aspextechnology.org |

www.qrgl-technology.org |

www.accessibletechnology.org |

www.istechnology.org |

www.su2technology.org |

www.computersforfutures.org |

www.gtscomputers.org |

www.computerisfun.org |

www.solocomputerservices.org |

www.computeroutlets.org |

Post a Comment