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Military banned from mining activities in Eastern DRC

Any soldier found undertaking mining-related activities in North-Kivu, in eastern DRC, will be prosecuted, governor of the province, Julien Paluku Kahongya, warned on Monday.

He said the reminder comes from President Joseph Kabila, who is the supreme commander of the armed forces.

Mr Kahongya reminded the soldiers and policemen of their traditional mission to ensure the protection of the national territory and the protection of people and their goods.

He also ordered the removal of illegal barriers which have caused friction between the police and the administration in North-Kivu.

Small-scale mining activity resumed last Thursday following the lifting of the ban by President Kabila who had suspended the activity since last September.

The decision was aimed at ending the illegal exploitation of minerals by armed groups and hundreds of civilians and soldiers

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