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Vol 51 No 21

Published 22nd October 2010


Murder again

The death in detention of another critic illustrates the government’s arbitrary power as its reputation declines at home and abroad

The official story is that Armand Tungulu Mudiandambu killed himself on 1 October with a cloth he was using as a pillow. He had been detained by President Joseph Kabila’s National Guard. This was the second such recent death. Four months ago, Floribert Chebeya, Chairman of the human rights group La Voix des Sans-Voix (Voice of the Voiceless), was found dead after giving himself up to the Inspector General of Police, John Numbi. The security services seem to be immune from responsibility. Opposition leader Etienne Tshisekedi wa Malumba accuses Kabila of treating his countrymen like animals.

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