Kabila addresses “new army”

Recruits undergoing “commando training” at the Kamina military base in Katanga province have been told by President Laurent-Desire Kabila the country is now in the process of “setting up a true army”. State television said Kabila visited the base this week where soldiers have been trained by instructors from the Southern African Development Community (SADC). “We decided you needed retraining to prepare you for the task awaiting you,” Kabila told the soldiers. “Your mission is to take the place of the former army which did not serve the nation honourably.” The “Seventh Commando Brigade” will be led by Colonel Adruma Nsuka, the television reported.