Lieutenant-General Christian Tshiwewe Songesha has been appointed as the new chief of general staff of the armed forces of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (FARDC) by President Félix Tshisekedi.
The 54-year-old general will take over for Gen Célestin Mbala Munsense, who has served in the role since July 2018, according to a statement released by the president’s spokesperson on Monday evening.
According to French television station RFI, Gen. Munsense is one of the army veterans who will be retiring.
Since 2020, Mr. Tshiwewe has served as the president’s security force commander. He received training in the Kinshasa Defence Academy, Angola, and the Sudan.
For thirty years, the Congolese army has been engaged in conflict with armed groups in the east of the nation.
The M23 armed organization has gained ground against the army over the past three months and is now in control of the North Kivu provincial border town of Bunagana and the territories nearby.