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Kinshasa: Provincial Assembly vice-president assassinated

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Radio Okapi - July 6, 2008


Daniel Botetsi, provincial Member of Parliament for Kinshasa and vice-president of the Provincial Assembly, was shot around 2:00 AM Sunday morning in the capital, in Macampagne, Ngaliema. Three suspects are already under arrest, reports radiookapi.net

According to witnesses, he was returning from a wedding when he was attacked by a group of unidentified gunmen around the Planteurs and Haute Tension avenues, Macampagne, not far from the Palais de Marbre in Ngaliema. The men fired at him and lodged a bullet in his head. According to a relative of the victim who arrived shortly afterwards at the scene: "The MP Daniel Botetsi was returning from a wedding. He took the Haute Tension road leading to Macampagne. Once there, he was ambushed by soldiers from the GR, commonly called Republican Guards. They shot at him instantly." The same source said that when the bandits fired the first shot, one of the bodyguards of the victim shot back to push them away. At the last moment, one of the bandits run after the MP and gunned him down. Three suspects are already in custody of military justice, said the source.

A member of the MLC, an opposition political party, the deceased leaves a widow and two orphans.

Police post at the crime scene

In response to this crime, the Provincial Inspector of Police, General Oleko announced during a press briefing held on the same Sunday that the suspects will be brought before the competent courts on Monday. He said he was shocked by this assassination and that a permanent police post will be put in the area where the crime was committed.



Translated by CongoPlanet.com | Original article in French


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