Soldiers attack UN base in DRC

UN DRCFrom JEAN KASSONGO in Kinshasa, DRC
KINSHASA, (CAJ News) – THE UNITED Nations has condemned the invasion of its base by rampant soldiers in the Democratic Republic of Congo.
The members of the army, commanded by General Marcellin Assumani, violated the UN premises in the crisis-torn Kananga in the Kasai central province purportedly in pursuit of a local journalist who had entered the base seeking refuge.
Special Representative of the UN in the anarchic DRC, Maman Sidikou, expressed concern at the act, which he denounced as “very serious”
particularly so as it was carried out under direct orders from a senior officer.
“We call on the government of the DRC to hold those involved fully accountable, and to take the necessary measures to prevent a repetition of this deeply regrettable incident,” Sidikou stated.
The envoy seized the opportunity to reiterate the UN’s concern about the shrinking space for journalists to exercise their functions in the country.
“The harassment and threats to which journalists are increasingly subjected are signs of the shrinking freedom of expression, which is not in line with the expected measures to ease political tensions in the DRC.”
General Assumani and his forces are conducting a brutal counter-insurgency campaign in the Kasai.
The region is fraught with clashes between the army and militants that are protesting against the killing of a local tribal leader by the armed forces.
The militants are demanding the resignation of beleaguered President Jospeh Kabila.
CAJ News

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