Dead city day this Monday, September 13 in Beni in the Congolese province of North Kivu during a siege for four months. Dead city day that should continue this Tuesday, September 14 at the urging of civil society. The latter is now protesting against urban crime that has hit people hard since the establishment of the siege state. This controversial measure in the country should be renewed for the eighth time on Tuesday by the National Assembly.
as reported from Kinshasa, Pascal Mulegwa
Beni’s civil society describes a city that has been completely paralyzed. With closed companies, the slogan has been respected more than 90%, according to its vice chairman. The increase in the number of cases of crime in cities marked by theft and rape of women justified this call for a general strike.
According to the company’s vice president in the city of Beni, Tembo Muliwavyo, more than 300 households have been broken into by armed men, most of them in uniform since May.
At least 4 cases of rape were also documented during these burglaries. This information was brought to the attention of President Félix Tshisekedi on Monday in a memorandum signed by citizens of the region.
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Abolition of the siege permit required by civil society In this document, they claim that the soldiers deployed under the siege permit remain insufficiently supported. Which increases urban crime. Opposition member Jean-Baptiste Kasekwava later. According to him, the state of siege has only exacerbated the murders in the region.
In his surveillance report, he documented the massacre of 596 civilians from May 3 to September 5, resulting in 5 deaths per day. This is the highest average since 2018. A report that contrasts with speeches from both local and national authorities, accused by civil society and the opposition of hiding the seriousness of the situation.
Civil society therefore demands that the state of siege cease. Except that at the request of the government, the National Assembly grants prorogations, requests that pass as a letter in the mail.
On Monday night, President Félix Tshisekedi, in the presence of the Prime Minister, some members of the government and the army and police chiefs, led a “special meeting” on the assessment of the current state of siege in the northern Kivu and Ituri provinces.
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