Congolese President Joseph Kabila has replaced the Chief of the national police amongst other security officers due to security concerns in the country.
An attack on the city’s largest market left at least two police men dead and wounded six police. About 4,000 inmates escaped from Kinshasa’s main prison in May. These happenings have led some Kabila allies to call for a state of emergency.
Kabila named Dieudonne Amuli Bahigwa to replace Charles Bisengimana as chief of the national police.
Amuli is a veteran army general who led military operations in eastern Congo in 2009 against the Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Rwanda (FDLR), one of the largest and most dangerous armed groups operating in the region.
Sylvano Kasongo Kitenge was named to replace Celestin Kanyama as head of police in Kinshasa. Kanyama came under U.S. and EU sanctions last year for alleged human rights violations by the police in suppressing anti-Kabila protests.