Minister of Defence (Democratic Republic of the Congo)
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The Minister of Defence, Disarmament, and Veterans ((French)) (MDNDAC) is a minister of the DR Congo government responsible for implementation of government defence policy and supervises the Armed Forces of the Democratic Republic of the Congo. The current minister is Charles Mwando of the Alliance for the Presidential Majority.
The President, Major General Joseph Kabila is the Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces. Defence ministers, formally Ministers of Defence, Disarmament, and Veterans (Ancien Combattants), since the post-2002 transition began have been:
- Jean-Pierre Ondekane (of the Rally for Congolese Democracy-Goma (RCD-G)), c. July 2003 - 3 January 2005
- Adolphe Onusumba Yemba (of RCD-G), 3 January 2005-February 2007
- Chikez Diemu, February 2007 - 2008
- Charles Mwando 2008-2012.
- Alexandre Luba Ntambo succeeded Mwando on April 28, 2012.
- Aime Ngoy Mukena succeeded Ntambo on December 8, 2014.
- Crispin Atama Tabe succeeded Mukena on September 26, 2015.
Previous defence ministers before 2003 included Jerome Anany (1960s) and Admiral Mavua Mudima (c.1996-97).
- Africa Confidential, 'The Nearly Government,' 11 July 2003. Born 1 January 1962 (other sources say 1960 or 1961, he originated in Bakatola sector, Ingende territoire, Equateur Province. Studied at Ecole de formation d'officiers, Kananga, graduated 1988 with the grade of sub-lieutenant. Became an officer in the SARM, commanded several company-level units, but cleaved to AFDL during the civil war. Became commander of 10th Brigade in North Kivu 5 October 1997. Became vice-president of RCD-G on 24 January 1999, stationed later at Kisangani. On 30 June 2003 he was named as Minister of National Defence (RCD-G quota). Lost his post on 3 January 2005. Later named as the head of the Directorate General of Immigration, which post he lost in 2008. Omasombo, 2009, 252-253.
- U.S. State Department, 05KINSHASA23, 5 January 2005.
- Central Intelligence Agency, World Leaders, Chiefs of State and Cabinet Members of Foreign Governments, Congo, Democratic Republic of the, accessed June 2013.
- IRIN, http://www.africa.upenn.edu/Newsletters/irinw101397.html
- Africa South of the Sahara 2003.
- Omasombo 2009
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