Bertrand Bisimwa who has been serving as the M23 rebel civilian spokesperson has been appointed as their new leader.
Bisimwa was named the new M23 president at the rebel base in Bunagana Democratic Republic of Congo.
He was formally named the rebel outfit’s new civilian leader by interim president of the M23 Brigadier Sultan Makenga.
The appointment of Bisimwa comes after the sacking of Jean Marie Runiga over treason allegations.
Runiga was fired last week after he was accused of treason. Among the charges brought against their former leader was diversion of M23 funds to forces loyal to warlord Bosco Ntaganda.
Runiga was also accused of “financial embezzlement, division, ethnic hatred, deceit and political immaturity.”