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DRC: Police raise revenue, but whom are they keeping safe?

Categories: Sub-Saharan Africa, D.R. of Congo, War & Conflict

In the DRC, Cedric Kalonji [1] questions the Inspector General of the South Kivu police who, in a recent radio interview, pledged that the police were committed to raising revenue through security taxes or fees for the issue of public documents.   Kalonji writes: “While killings, lootings, rapes and murders, which are spoken of almost with a smile in South Kivu, have become trivial, I am tempted to ask what is really the role of the police.  Generating revenue for the coffers of the state or protecting people and their property?”