120 People Flee From Recurring Communal Violence In Kwamouth, DR Congo

The inter-communal conflict has not only led to displacements and loss of lives in Teke and Yaka but is now spilling to other places across DR Congo.

The recurring violence between the Teke and Yaka communities in Kwamouth, Democratic Republic of Congo, is leading to the displacement of locals, especially those of Kwilu province origin, to other provinces.

At least 120 people originating from Kwilu province have escaped from Kwamouth and have in the last few days been arriving at Mongata, on the national highway number one on the border between Kinshasa and Kwango provinces.

According to the vice governor of Kwilu province, “the situation is preoccupying, and in concertation with the Vice Prime Minister and Minister of Interior and security, it has been resolved that people originating from other provinces should quit Kwamouth”.

“After the discussion between the Vice Prime Minister and the governor of Mai-Ndombe in Kwamouth, the people of Kwango origin living in the zone have been begged to return to their territory of origin. Those of Kwilu origin have been told the same thing. The governor of Kwango has collected people from his province. We are also on our way to take people from our province currently in Mongata,” revealed Felicien Kizay, vice governor of Kwilu province.

The governor of Kwilu has suspended traffic on national highway 17 following attacks by armed Teke assailants on people plying the road.

“Armed Teke elements have erected roadblocks on the national highway Number 17 where they search vehicles and attack passengers who are not of their ethnic group. A provincial minister of Kwilu was one of their victims,” a senior provincial government official who opted for anonymity told HumAngle this morning by phone from Mongata.

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Chief Bisong Etahoben is a Cameroonian investigative journalist and traditional ruler. He writes for international media and has participated in several transnational investigations. Etahoben won the first-ever Cameroon Investigative Journalist Award in 1992. He serves as a member of a number of international investigative journalism professional bodies including the Forum for African Investigative Reporters (FAIR). He is HumAngle's Francophone and Central Africa editor.

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