DRC Colonel Defects

By Nixon Segawa


The DRC army faced yet another big blow after one of its top commanders at the rank of Colonel defected with 60 soldiers.

Colonel Richard Bisamaza, the acting commander of the first sector of the Armed Forces of the Democratic Republic of Congo (FARDC) abandoned his work station in Beni (North-Kivu), before fleeing 60 kilometers northwest of the province.   Bisamaza’s motive remains unclear but sources say he had defied an order to report to his superiors in Kinshasha.


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