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Deputy Prime Minister Lutundula refuses to expel Angolan subjects living in DRC in retaliation

Kinshasa, January 5th, 2022 (CPA).- The DRC refuses to expel, just as brutally, the Angolan subjects living on its territory in retaliation for the manu militari return of its nationals by Luanda, declared Tuesday on a radio channel private in Kinshasa, the Deputy Prime Minister in charge of Foreign Affairs, Christophe Lutundula. “I know that reciprocity is one of the principles and the golden rule in diplomacy. But good reciprocity is in the solution, not in the exacerbation of tensions especially with a neighbor who is both a brother country due to the relations of consanguinity between Congolese and Angolans and a country which is a strategic ally, which we need as a market, even if we do not have sufficient production to flow into it, ”he stressed. For Deputy Prime Minister Lutundula, the best way to do it is to seek reciprocal treatment in the good. « All the relevant services of my ministry are in the process of gathering information and we are in contact with the Angolan authorities concerned », he assured, aware however of the « recurrent » nature of this situation. “I’ve known something about it since I was in social affairs over 20 years ago. It was almost every year that it comes back, ”admitted the head of diplomacy.

Congolese invited to stay at home

But we also want to make our compatriots understand that the solution to our existential problems is in our country. Going abroad is okay, but that doesn’t solve the problem. We must stay at home, « said Deputy Prime Minister Christophe Lutundula before thereby inviting his » compatriots « not to shirk their » responsibilities as citizens « . »Of course, ‘we need good governance, President Tshisekedi has been working on it since he was there, it is a point on which he puts all his honor. In the government of Prime Minister Sama Lukonde, we are working on it » , he said. In recent weeks, forced deportations at the border of several Congolese nationals have increased, particularly in Kamako in the province of Kasai. The national deputy Guy Mafuta who launched the alert by broadcasting shocking images of these violent repressions had invited the Congolese diplomacy to make “absolutely respect the human life in Congo and outside the Congo”.


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