Ka­bila swops top cops amid se­cu­rity wor­ries

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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

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