The Democratic Republic of Congo
government has launched an investigation into the weekend stabbing death of a
It accused insurgent groups in the area of carrying out the
Bruno Koko Chirambiza was stabbed to death Saturday allegedly by eight
men shortly after attending a friend's wedding.
Chirambiza is a reporter with
Radio Star, an independent station in the restive Bukavu district.
So far three
journalists have been killed over the last two years in the restive province.
Information minister Lambert Mende said the journalist's
killing was premeditated.
investigation has started (and) we are waiting in hours to come a first report
from the police that will help the justice to start its work," Mende said.
described as disturbing the killing of the journalist.
is really confusing for us because it is clear that those are not simple
bandits. Those might have been sent to kill him. We are very eager to hear from
police and the justice, what happened exactly to this young man," he said.
a human rights group, Journalists in Danger (JED), has called on the United
Nations Mission in Congo (MONUC) to be part of the ongoing investigation into
the death of Chirambiza.
Mende said the government is capable of investigating the killing without
can't forbid MONUC or any other body to help or to make some inquiry on its
behalf. But we have a justice apparatus in this country that is working under
laws and the constitution and there (are) no laws that can really anybody,
MONUC or Journalists in Danger to interfere in the judicial institution," Mende
said Kinshasa is determined to protect the innocent.
are working because all our citizens deserve protection from our government. We
know that they are victims of terrorists either robbers either some people who
are trying to revenge for reasons we don't know. But first we have to make a
fact finding actions to know exactly what happened," he said.
said the government is making every effort to restore peace to the restive Kivu
For months, the national army has been
fighting the rebel Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Rwanda (FDLR) and
other armed groups in eastern Congo. The clashes have often led to the loss of
lives and properties as well as displaced thousands from their villages.