DR Congo President mistakenly appoints dead general to lead operations

Ivan Kigozi

Democratic Republic of Congo President Felix Tshisekedi has mistakenly appointed the late Major General Floribert Kisembo Bahemuka was the head of military operations in the province of Equateur.

The president confirmed the list of appointments on national television which was also confirmed by the army when contacted by BBC.

Gen. Floribert Kisembo Bahemuka died 11 years ago as he was shot on April 30th 2011 by government forces in Lonyo village, Djugu in Ituri.

Upto now the country and the army have been in confusion why his name was on a list of military leaders being retired or promoted by president Tshisekedi this week.

Kisembo was the commander of the operational zone in Lubutu, Maniema.

Prior to his death, the army accused him of desertion for two weeks and tormenting rebellion in Djugu, in Orientale Province.

President Tshisekedi however has blamed the data and information manager for the error.

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