World The military and police hierarchies of the DRC received by Félix Tshisekedi

07:15  02 december  2020
07:15  02 december  2020 Source:   rfi.fr

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All behind the President of the Republic: such is the commitment made by the police in the DRC. Tuesday, December 1, the officers of the army and the national police were gathered at the Palace of the Nation, seat of the presidency, for an interview with the supreme commander, Felix Tshisekedi.

With our correspondent in Kinshasa, Kamanda wa Kamanda Muzembe

More than two hours of interview between the senior officers of the army, the police and the head of state. According to some participants, these generals told their supreme commander of the problems that preoccupy the men in uniform: the precariousness of their living conditions, poor care, problems with equipment, training, supervision ... They also gave their appreciation of the role that the public force is called upon to play in a democratic State, that of supervising the population for the police, and defending the homeland for the army ...

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Despite the political vicissitudes of the moment, we will remain apolitical, said the spokesperson for the FARDC. In a statement read at the end of the meeting, Major General Léon Richard Kasonga recalled that the army's mission is to protect the Head of State, the population and their property, but also to defend the integrity of the national territory.

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