Spotlight DRC Issue dated 26/08/2021

The battle over phantom battalions and retired generals

DRC's national army (FARDC) troops in Beni, North Kivu province, DRC, in May 2019.
DRC's national army (FARDC) troops in Beni, North Kivu province, DRC, in May 2019. © Ahugh Kinsella Cunningham/EPA/MaxPPP
For several weeks, Félix Tshisekedi, his advisers and the country's senior military leadership have been at odds over the actual amount of soldiers in DRC's national army (FARDC), which is regularly inflated by the addition of soldiers who have actually died or are about to retire. This distorts not only deployment figures, but also military budgets. [...] (513 words)
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