US News DRC: In Kasai, Minister Fabrice Pueula asks for forgiveness for the 2017

20:30  23 june  2021
20:30  23 june  2021 Source:   rfi.fr

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On Tuesday, June 22, the Minister of Human Rights Fabrice Pueula was visiting Tshisuku in Central Kasai. A ceremony was held for the ten bodies, ten victims who had been taken from a common pit for the needs of justice and legal-legal examinations. These bodies were installed in a mausoleum built in memory of this massacre.

It was at the time of the insurrection of the followers of the customary chief Kamuina Nsapu. In the vicinity of 14h, an indeterminate number of soldiers from a Battalion of the FARDC Regiment 2101 opened fire on the Tshisuku Market Square. They were aboard four Kamaz transport vehicles.

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They targeted indiscriminately merchants and customers, making at least fifty killed. Among the victims, there are at least nine children, and 79 women have been raped. It is the record of Congolese Military Justice who had made one of its priority cases in the Kasaï space since the end of 2017.

on these 16 cases, only three have truly advanced, and only since the At the power of President Felix Tshisekedi, himself from this region. But none has yet been judged. The Tshisuku file has been transmitted to the High Military Court since November 2020 for fixing, and it is still not done.

on knees

The Minister Fabrice Pueula turned on knees to ask forgiveness. His communication service explains that it came to him spontaneously, in front of the emotion aroused by this ceremony. Fabrice Pueula first gathered in front of the coffins before kneeling and asking for a local language for customary chefs.

In his speech, the minister explained that his presence was a "clear signal" that "the fight against impunity can not spare anyone," he promised that the judicial record "already fixed" would be "reactivated". The representative of the victims declared that the inhabitants of Tshisuku would continue to be mourning "as long as the state has recognized his responsibility and paid, if only a substantial reparation to the victims".

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