Saturday, 8th May 2021

General Léon Kasonga - the spokesperson for the Forces Armées de la République Démocratique du Congo (FARDC) - has warned elements that are trying to incite the army into revolting, saying their wishes will not materialise.

“The authors of the calls for the revolt of the military must know that their hubbub will not pass,” he said on Thursday at a media conference in the capital, Kinshasa.

He said there is a campaign dedicated to the demoralization of the armed forces with the aim of pitting soldiers against each other.

Gen Kasonga describes those behind the campaign as cowards driven by the negation of the apolitical, republican and national values that underpinned the armed forces.

“This thoughtless nonsense aims to destabilise the DRC, forgetting that, apolitical, national and republican, the FARDC forms an inseparable whole, an indissoluble jersey, a well-oiled body devoted to the stability and security of the Congo,” said the FARDC spokesperson.

“On the contrary, they should work to solidify and strengthen the links between valiant combatants of the armed forces, including military success, the setbacks inflicted on the outlaws in the east of the country and everywhere else, result from the combination of the combativeness of our soldiers with the judicious use of military equipment at the height of the 8th best army in Africa.

Gen Kasonga called on the armed forces to remain united and disciplined behind their commander-in-chief, President Félix Tshisekedi.

-The Southern Times

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