A catholic priest working at the Mukasa convent in Kikwit, Kwilu province of the Democratic Republic of Congo, Rev. Father Godefroid Pembele, has died following injuries sustained after a rebel attack.
His death was announced on Monday, Aug. 8, 2022.
The Kikwit mayor, Leonard Mutangu, who said investigations had begun, also revealed that the attackers invaded the convent as the parish was preparing a mass for one of its priests.
“The bandits went there to steal because the parish was preparing to celebrate a ‘mass of the first fruits’ for one of its priests who was just recently ordained. Surely, they told themselves they would find many good things to steal, including money and other belongings. They attacked at night. The other people in the convent were not seriously wounded. The gunmen took away some valuables,” Mayor Leonard Mutangu revealed.
Urban criminality has become rampant in Kikwit, forcing the president of the Kwilu provincial assembly, Serge Makongo, to set up a permanent sensitisation team of youths to fight this phenomenon besides serious judicial sanctions being meted out on culprits.
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