US embassy cable - 98KINSHASA3602

PRESIDENT'S SON STUDYING IN CUBA?

Identifier: 98KINSHASA3602
Wikileaks: View 98KINSHASA3602 at Wikileaks.org
Origin: Embassy Kinshasa
Created: 1998-05-19 08:52:00
Classification: CONFIDENTIAL
Tags: PINR PREL MASS CG CU
Redacted: This cable was not redacted by Wikileaks.
R 190852Z MAY 98
FM AMEMBASSY KINSHASA
TO SECSTATE WASHDC 2153
INFO USINT HAVANA 
C O N F I D E N T I A L KINSHASA 003602 
 
 
E.O. 12958: DECL: 4/17/08 
TAGS: PINR PREL MASS, CG CU 
SUBJECT: PRESIDENT'S SON STUDYING IN CUBA? 
 
CLASSIFIED BY POLITICAL SECTION CHIEF DENNIS HANKINS FOR 
REASON 1.5(B/D). 
 
1.  (C)  ETIENNE RUSAMIRA (PROTECT), ENVIRONMENT MINISTRY 
ACTING CHIEF OF STAFF, WHO WE HAVE FOUND TO BE A GENERALLY 
RELIABLE SOURCE WITHIN THE GDROC, TOLD POL COUNS MAY 18 THAT 
PRESIDENT KABILA'S SON, "COMMANDANT" JOSEPH KAKA (AKA JOSEPH 
KABILA) DEPARTED KINSHASA DURING THE FIRST WEEK OF MAY TO 
ATTEND A FIVE-MONTH MILITARY TRAINING PROGRAM IN CUBA.  AN 
UNSPECIFIED ADDITIONAL NUMBER OF CONGOLESE MILITARY (OF 
KATANGAN BACKGROUND) ALSO REPORTEDLY WENT FOR TRAINING. 
 
2.  (C)  COMMANDANT JOSEPH HAS BEEN THE ACTING DEPUTY CHIEF 
OF STAFF IN THE CONGOLESE ARMED FORCES.  PRESIDENT KABILA 
HAS SOUGHT MILITARY TRAINING FOR HIS SON IN A NUMBER OF 
COUNTRIES, INCLUDING THE U.S.  IT IS UNCLEAR WHAT, IF ANY, 
FORMAL MILITARY TRAINING JOSEPH HAS PREVIOUSLY RECEIVED. 
 
SIMPSON 

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