BUJUMBURA Burundi (Xinhua) --
Burundi on Monday urged the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DR
Congo) to provide circumstances on the reported killings of at least
30 Burundian refugees last week on the Congolese territory.
After being informed that the Burundian refugees were killed
following alleged clashes between the refugees and the Congolese
army, the Burundian government through the foreign ministry urged
the DR Congo government to investigate the killings and identify
perpetrators, said Burundian Government Spokesman Philippe
Nzobonariba said the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner
for Refugees (UNHCR) in the DR Congo as well as the United Nations
Organization Stabilization Mission should also give clarifications
about the killings.
According to the UNHCR, the DR Congo is currently hosting around
40,000 Burundian refugees.
At least 39 killed in shooting
attack in DR Congo: UN agency
GENEVA (Xinhua) --
At least 39 people were killed and another 94 injured
in a latest shooting attack in the Democratic Republic of the Congo
(DRC) on Sept. 15, the UN Refugee Agency UNHCR said Tuesday in a
The UN agency said that the attack took place after Congolese
soldiers fired live rounds at Burundian protestors in the eastern
part of the country, many of whom UNHCR believes were refugees and
The protest, reported to be initially peaceful, allegedly started
after a small group of Burundians were detained by Congolese
authorities, creating fears they were going to be deported to
According to UNHCR, the dead included Burundian men, women and one
child. The incident also resulted in the death of one Congolese
soldier, with six others wounded.
“This is a devastating tragedy. It should never have happened,” said
Filippo Grandi, the UN High Commissioner for Refugees.
In a statement on Tuesday, he welcomed the announcement from
Congolese officials to launch an inquiry into the incident and
called for it to be detailed, saying that such an incident should
never happen again.
UNHCR figures show that DRC hosts more than 43,700 refugees who have
arrived from Burundi since 2015.
Rwandan suspects linked with armed
groups appear in court
KIGALI Rwanda (Xinhua) --
Nine Rwandan suspects linked with armed group
operating in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DR Congo)
appeared at an intermediate court in the capital city of Kigali on
The group is said to belong to FDU-Inkingi, an unregistered
opposition political party in Rwanda. The suspects include Boniface
Twagirimana, said to be the vice president of FDU-Inkingi.
Prosecution alleged that four of the suspects were arrested when
heading to join an armed group in DR Congo while five had already
joined a group known as P5 with the intent of attacking Rwanda form
The suspects, who are due to appear in court again on Thursday,
denied the charges and protested their detention as illegal.
Rwandan police earlier this month said they detained seven
individuals believed to be linked to armed groups operating in a
Zambia seek assistance to deal with
influx of DRC asylum seekers
LUSAKA Zambia (Xinhua) --
Zambian President Edgar Lungu on Thursday called for
international support to contain the high number of Democratic
Republic of Congo (DRC) nationals seeking for asylum.
Zambia has seen an influx of DRC nationals in recent weeks fleeing
from unrest in some parts of that country.
Lungu said he was concerned over the high number of the asylum
seekers entering the country and needed assistance to take care of
The Zambian leader expressed concern during a high-level side
meeting on the refugee satiation at the ongoing United Nations (UN)
General Assembly in New York, according to a statement released by
Zambia, he said, will need international support to enable the
country manage the influx of the asylum seekers due to the civil
strife in their country.
Zambia was receiving over 500 asylum seekers on a daily basis, he
DR Congolese refugees in Angola
receive food aid
LUANDA Angola (Xinhua) --
Refugees from Democratic Republic of the Congo in
Lôvua municipality, Angola’s Lunda Norte province received on
Wednesday 10 tonnes of foodstuff.
The donation made by the Association of Angolan Ex-Emigrants in the
Democratic Republic of Congo, includes soda, clothing, footwear,
detergents, rice, oil, pasta, salt and other goods for personal
Local director of the Ministry of Social Welfare, Wilsom Palanca,
praised the humanitarian gesture, stressing that the donated goods
will contribute to solve some of the difficulties of refugees and
According to UNHCR data revealed in May, more than 20,000 DR Congo
refugees have arrived in Angola, fleeing insecurity and violence in
the Democratic Republic of Congo’s Kasai region since early April.
UN chief condemns killing of
peacekeeper in Democratic Republic of Congo
UNITED NATIONS (Xinhua) --
UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Monday
condemned the killing of a Tanzanian peacekeeper serving in the UN
mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).
The secretary-general urged the authorities of the DRC to swiftly
investigate this incident and bring the perpetrators to justice,
said Guterres’s spokesman Stephane Dujarric in a statement.
Guterres called on all armed groups in the DRC to stop violence and
to avoid a further deterioration of the security situation in the
The Tanzanian soldier was killed on Sunday in a clash with suspected
members of an armed group, the Allied Democratic Forces, in
Mamundioma in North Kivu province. Another peacekeeper was injured.
DR Congo joins region police body
to fight transnational crimes
KAMPALA Uganda (Xinhua) --
The Democratic Republic of Congo (DR Congo) has been
admitted to the Eastern Africa Police Chiefs Cooperation (EAPCCO), a
regional body aimed at fighting transnational crimes.
Uganda police spokesperson Asan Kasingye said in a statement issued
here late on Friday that DR Congo was admitted as the 14th
member state at the body’s just concluded five-day meeting held in
the capital Kampala.
The Chiefs of Police Council, an organ of EAPPCO was meeting under
the theme, “Enhancing cooperation and innovation in combating
transnational organized and emerging crimes.”
Gen. Kale Kayihura, Uganda’s police chief who will now chair the
council for the next two years, told a local TV station that the
admission of DR Congo will help in combating and dismantling
terrorism networks, criminal gangs, drug trafficking, and poaching
activities in eastern part of the country.
EAPCCO comprises of police chiefs from Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi,
Kenya, Tanzania, Sudan, South Sudan, Djibouti, Ethiopia, Eritrea,
Somalia, Seychelles and Comoros.
The organization is a medium through police chiefs to enhance their
cooperation with their colleagues.
Burundi probes attack against UN
human rights office
BUJUMBURA Burundi (Xinhua) --
Burundi is investigating an alleged attack on
Wednesday at the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for
Human Rights (OHCHR) in the capital city of Bujumbura, the justice
ministry said Thursday.
“Early on Wednesday around 2 a.m., six unidentified persons intruded
the compound hosting OHCHR Burundian office. One of them reportedly
had a gun,” said Agnes Bangiricenge, spokesperson of Burundian
Attorney General in a statement.
According to her, those unidentified attackers “immobilized” guards
at that office before entering the office.
The attorney general requested people who may have information about
the attack to provide it to investigators.
She said even though the unidentified managed to enter the compound,
they did not either steal anything or hurt anyone.
The Burundian government said last October that it has decided to
suspend cooperation and collaboration with OHCHR in Burundi for
OHCHR’s role during the preparation of a biased and controversial
report written by three UN experts on violations of human rights in