Colonel Mamadou Ndala, who led the fight against M23 rebels in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) was killed on January 2 in an ambush.
His death triggered an outpouring of praise from government officials for a commander who was never far from the frontlines.
His bravery and popularity won him the support of his people, and has led to rumours that his death might have been an assassination.
Al Jazeera's Malcolm Webb reports from Beni in the Eastern Democratic Republic of Congo.
Source: Al Jazeera