DR Congo Police Arrest 320 Kulunas Responsible For Insecurity In Haut-Katanga

Authorities believe that by arresting and grouping the delinquent youths in one locality, they could be trained and rendered more useful to society.

Three hundred and twenty youths known as “Kulunas”, suspected to be masterminds of the insecurity in Lubumbashi, chief town of Haut-Katanga province of the Democratic Republic of Congo, have been arrested, authorities said. 

They are held in the Kiwele sports complex.

The provincial government of Haut-Katanga which is collaborating with the National Service, responsible for training youths in various trades, believes by arresting and grouping them in one locality, the youths could be trained and rendered more useful to society.

The police, which carried out the operation, presented the apprehended youths to the vice governor of Haut-Katanga, Jean-Claude Kamfwa Kimimba, on Saturday May 7, who in turn handed them over to General Jean-Pierre Kasongo, head of the National Service who would arrange for them to be taken to a training camp in Kaniama Kasese.

“The population has asked us to find a solution to this social problem and the provincial authorities have been contacted so that these youths can be transformed into citizens who can serve the nation. Those who are here constitute the first wave who would be taken to the Kaniama Kasese centre,” the vice governor said.

General Jean-Pierre Kasongo, the head of the National Service, on his part revealed that the operation in Lubumbashi was the first such operation which will be replicated in other towns in Haut-Katanga.

“The people in the province are demanding that at least five such operations be carried out. Today, it was for the town of Lubumbashi. There are also other towns which would also need such sweeps to rid the towns of individuals responsible for criminal activities which constitute threats to the peace and security of the towns,” Kasongo assured.

While in the Kaniama Kasese centre, the delinquent youths would be trained in various trades beginning with farming, General Kasongo revealed.

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