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Clashes After Traditional Ruler Calls For End To Ethnic Violence In DR Congo

Four people have been killed in violence that erupted immediately after King Mini Kongo visited Kwamouth to call for peace between the Teke and Yaka communities 

At least four people are reported to have been killed after clashes that followed the visit of a traditional ruler who intended to calm the violence between two communities in Kwamouth, DR Congo.

President Felix Tshisekedi sent King Mini Kongo to instruct the Teke and Yaka ethnic groups of the necessity for them to live in peace with each other.

The clashes took place on Thursday and Friday September 16 in the villages of Bethanie and Moba, according to the customary chief of Masiambio village, Isiala Libali.

“The advice on peace given by King Mini Kongo Fabrice Kavabioko was not followed by certain persons after he left. In Nganda Bangala, they have just killed three persons including two men and one woman. They also killed in Boko, in the farm of the tribal chief, where one other person was killed,” indicated Chief Isiala Libali.

The tribal chief of Masiambio village says that the mission dispatched from Kinshasa by the head of state led by King Mini Kongo focused most of their sensitization around the national highway 17, whereas the assailants are actually hiding in the forest.

He has alerted that several corpses were incinerated and other persons thrown into the Kwango river during clashes on September 12 in Fadiaka village where more than thirty persons died.

“Several corpses were thrown into the Kwango river. Some persons died by drowning. One mother was traumatised when she witnessed her son and husband killed. Several people who escaped from their homes and headed towards the Kwango river drowned because they could not swim”, the chief revealed.

Clashes between Teke and Yaka tribes people in Kwamouth broke out in June this year have so far resulted in more than 70 deaths.

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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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