Kinshasa, October 30st, 2018 (CPA) .- President of the Republic, Joseph Kabila Kabange, proceeded on Sunday at the Presidential Park of N’Sele, the release the sample of five wild gray parrots and incineration of 1,050 kg of ivory tips and 1,197 kg of pangolin scales, the work of poaching dirty work in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. In his words of circumstance, the Director General of the Congolese Institute for the Conservation of Nature (ICCN), Cosma Wilungula, congratulated the Head of State for agreeing to enhance his presence this ceremony despite its many occupations, while returning the day before from the 73rd session of the United Nations General Assembly in New York. This, he said, demonstrates his commitment to ecological values for the survival of present and future generations.
According to the General Manager of ICCN, this commitment of the Head of State is also illustrated by many other achievements made without noise including the creation of the Park Valley N’Sele in Kingakati and the creation of other areas protected at Kashama, Lubumbashi, Kundelungu, Haut Katanga and Mateba Island, Boma City, Central Kongo. Cosma Wilungila also did not want to overlook the great and good news related to the conservation of nature in the DRC, namely that President Joseph facilitated and contributed to the reintroduction of 27 southern white rhinos, including 18 at the Park from the N’Sele Valley and 9 to the Kashama reserve, in the city of Lubumbashi.
As part of the law enforcement to cope with the resurgence of wildlife crime, which represents not only a real threat to biodiversity but also to the security of the population, said Cosma Wilungila, the ICCN coordinated and seized the hands of illegal poachers and traffickers in several quantities of ivory, pangolin scales and gray parrots. These seizures were made possible thanks to the very significant involvement of the specialized services of the General Directorate of Customs and Excise, the Congolese Office of Control, the Directorate General of Migration, the Authority of Airways and the National Intelligence Agency, with the support of the Public Prosecutor.
For the DG ICCN, the gesture of the Head of State is, once again, in the history of nature conservation in the DRC and in the annals of humanity. According to the Ambassador of the European Union, Bart Ouvry, said that this ceremony reflected the support of the international community for an important commitment of the DRC to redouble its efforts to put an end to poaching and trafficking. African flagship species such as elephant, pangolin and parrot. The African pangolin is the most poached mammal in the world, said the European diplomat citing a report by Interpol that nearly half a million people were poached between 2015 and 2018. The report of the release in nature of gray parrots and the incineration of ivory tips and scales of pangolins was read by Professor Augustin Ngudi Amuri, Director General of SITES. Messrs.
Leon Kengo Wa Dondo, Aubin Minaku and Bruno Tshibala, respectively Presidents of the Senate, the National Assembly and Prime Minister attended the ceremony which was also attended by the Deputy Prime Minister, Minister in charge of Homeland and Security, Henri MovaSakanyi, as well as the General officers of FARDC and PNC and ambassadors and heads of diplomatic missions in R & D