The United Nations Mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), MONUSCO, has scrapped a total of 154 local jobs as it is redeploying to the east of the country to increase its presence in the two Kivu, northern Katanga and Ituri – the areas seen as most affected by the conflict.
This was announced at the press conference held midweek in the capital Kinshasa by spokesperson Charles Bambara.
Bambara said all retrenched staff will receive an individual letter informing them of the scrapping of their positions and get the equivalent of one month’s salary from the month of notice, a severance pay based on their employment and grade, as well as a final settlement.
But the news has angered the outgoing staff who held a sit-in for about a week, demanding the resignation of the head of administration, and asking to be paid according to UN rules.
MONUSCO said it will strengthen the presence of its military, civilian and police staff in eastern DRC, and reduce as far as possible its presence in areas not affected by the conflict, namely Kinshasa and the western parts of the country.