The Democratic Republic of Congo’s army chief has been suspended after a UN report alleged he sold weapons to rebel groups.
General Gabriel Amisi and other officers are accused of providing arms to criminal gangs and rebels in the troubled East.
But the M23 group, which is leading an insurgency close to the border with Rwanda, was not among the direct benefactors.
On Tuesday, rebels seized the cities of Goma and Sake, despite the presence of UN peacekeepers.
They’ve vowed to continue fighting until they reach the capital, Kinshasa, which has unnerved some locals:
“I’m seeing a certain passive attitude from our government. They should have reformed the army a long time ago when we were being threatened before. They should have restructured it in preparation for an eventual attack,” said Kinshasa resident Samuel Myoco.
Another man, Ngana Kana said the fighting has divided the city:
“Even here in Kinshasa, there are people who support the M23, because we, the Congolese people, are not united.”
Aid agencies arwe warning of a humanitarian crisis in the region. About half a million people have been displaced by the insurgency, which is widely believed to be backed by Rwanda.
Opposition politicians have hit out at the government’s attempts to quash the rebellion while protests erupted in Kinshasa and other cities on Thursday.