Kabila swops top cops amid security worries
KINSHASA: President Joseph Kabila has replaced the national chief of police and the police commander in the capital Kinshasa, as security concerns rise following his refusal to step down when his mandate expired.
Mass prison breaks, kidnappings, rising militia violence and surging lawlessness since Kabila failed to step down in December have raised fears the Democratic Republic of the Congo could slip back into the chaos and conflict of the turn of the century that killed millions.
About 4 000 inmates escaped from Kinshasa’s main prison in May and unidentified assailants killed at least two people and wounded six police officers in an attack last Friday on the city’s largest market, leading some Kabila allies to call for a state of emergency. Reuters