Drunk Soldier Kills Schoolchild In DR Congo

An off-duty soldier is being held by authorities after killing a child while in a drunken rampage in the crisis afflicted region of South Kivu

The national army of the DR Congo has promised it will punish an off-duty soldier who killed a child while in a drunken rampage.

A spokesman for the FARDC said “the culprit will be called to answer for his actions before the law”.

The pupil of the Minembwe primary school located near the town’s military base in South Kivu was killed on Sunday 9 Oct, Lt. Marc Elonga spokesperson of the Operation Sukola 2 South South Kivu said.

No more details about the child were given.

“A second-class soldier who was totally drunk, in the most ferocious manner, killed a peaceful young citizen in Minembwe. The FARDC condemns this act which it considers as personal and isolated in view of the fact that the soldier was not at work at the time of his action”, Lt. Elonga said

“Let this atrocious act not carry the connotation of communal behaviour but it is a condemnable act which touches on the sacredness of human life expressed in the constitution of our country”.

Civil society activists have since Monday called on teachers to boycott classes as a sign of their discontent with the behaviour of the soldier.

Minembwe has been the scene of clashes between different militia groups since 2017. Thousands of displaced persons and more than one hundred deaths have been recorded in this part of South Kivu province.

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