DRC: Philemon The ‘Tiger’ Yav arrested

By Anna Sylvestre-Treiner
Posted on Thursday, 22 September 2022 11:25

Review of soldiers by Lieutenant-General Philemon Yav during an official visit to Bijombo, in South Kivu province, 10 October 2020. ©Alexis Huguet/AFP

The lieutenant-general, the strongman of the Congolese army for 25 years, commanded the third defence zone, which includes five provinces in the country’s east. The reason for his arrest is not yet known.

Philemon Yav has already experienced a few debacles in his long career as a military commander. This one seems to rank among the most serious. The lieutenant-general was arrested on 20 September in Kinshasa and placed in detention in Makala. Although the reason for this arrest is not yet known, it could be serious, given his stature.

Between the East and Katanga