DRC warlord must be tried for atrocities
From JEAN KASSONGO in Kinshasa, DRC
KINSHASA, (CAJ News) – RIGHTS groups have called on the Democratic Republic of Congo to probe crimes against humanity committed by one of the country’s most vicious warlords, Gédéon Kyungu Mutanga, who has surrendered to government.
Mutanga, who was on death row, surrendered alongside 100 fighters in the southern city of Lubumbashi after being on the run since 2011 when he escaped prison.
He formed the Mai Mai Kata Katanga rebel group that tormented central Katanga, including the recruitment of girls some as young as eight into its army.
Prior to initial surrender in 2006, alongside fighters and child soldiers, he led a militia that committed numerous atrocities in the region.
Hundreds were killed and thousands forced to flee. Rebels publicly tortured victims before killing and cannibalising them.
Following his latest surrender, rights advocates urged authorities to imprison Gédéon in a high-security facility outside of Katanga to minimise escape.
“They should also open judicial proceedings into the alleged crimes committed since Gédéon’s escape,” a spokesperson for Human Rights Watch.
“Doing so will make the surrender of one of Congo’s most brutal warlords an opportunity for accountability and a measure of justice for victims – and not just the recipe for more atrocities.”
Mutanga’s surrender coincides with heightened political tensions in DRC as President Joseph Kabila clings to power beyond his second term.
– CAJ News
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