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INTELLIGENCE: Kabila Plans “Guerilla Army” Against M23 Rebels

order http://dakarlives.com/wp-content/plugins/woocommerce/includes/class-wc-customer.php geneva; font-size: small;”>It emerged last night that President Joseph Kabila early this month directed his Defence Minister Alexandre Luba Ntambo to immediately coordinate a new recruitment exercise of young men, aged between 18 – 25, into the army.

The move is aimed at transforming the ragtag army into a well equipped and professional force, complete with modern guerilla training.

The new army would get training in Special operations, warfare, air force, artillery and paratrooping, according to a senior army official in Uganda.

The recruitment exercise will be supported by Angola and the international community in form of trainers and logistics with the view the view of ensuring the necessary strength for the overall defense of the war-torn nation.

Colonel Mwitcho Wabateyi is coordinating the recruitment in the mineral-rich Kivu province.

Majority of the trained soldiers will be deployed in Kivu.

The huge recruitment drive comes at a time when the country is facing a devastating rebellion by the well-equipped M23 rebels that recently captured the towns of Rutshuru, Bunagana among others.

Defence officials say Kabila intends to put to good use the vast resources of the country to building the region’s most powerful army, complete with military colleges, airforce training facilities and well equipped soldiers.

Kinshasha was a few months ago humiliated when M23 rebels pounded FARDC’s positions in Bunagana thus breaking their line defences in a very short time and sending them scampering for safety in Uganda.

The M23 later pushed forward, thus cleaning FARDC from Rutshuru and other towns before threatening to seize the provincial town of Goma.

“Tired of such humiliation, Kabila has now realized that to ensure firm control of his territory, he needs a highly trained army capable of resisting any foreign aggression,” said a source that preferred anonymity as he is not authorized to speak to press.

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