Defense

A major objective of my administration will be to stand up, within five years, an army worthy of the name. It must be capable of managing and defending its borders, establishing an effective chain of command, as well as exercising its authority throughout the national territory. To this end, we will introduce a five year plan we call ‘One Nation, One Armyʼ to consolidate a legitimate military authority in the DRC.

Its missions will be straightforward, but challenging First, to defend our borders from external threats, and from insurgency within. Second, to eradicate armed militias which have transformed some regions into hellish enclaves where looting, rape, and killing take place with near impunity.

We will take vigorous measures put an end to the chronic absence of discipline within the army, which is today like a body without soul. These will involve, among other things, raising recruitment standards, regular pay, better training, improving food and housing conditions, qualifications for promotions. We will endow the army with a Code of Conduct with an associated range of sanctions, without which any discussion of discipline is useless.

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