The Minister in charge of Justice instructs the two prosecutors general of Kinshasa jurisdiction to unclog Makala prison

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Kinshasa, April 4th, 2022 (CPA). – The Minister of State in charge in charge of Justice and Keeper of the Seals, Rose Mutombo, on Saturday instructed the two public prosecutors of the Kinshasa-Gombe and Kinshasa-Matete public prosecutor’s offices to relieve the central prison of Makala, during a meeting following the anomalies observed at the Prosecutor’s Office of Kinshasa-Kalamu, during a raid that she carried out with her entire team on March 17th, 2022 to said Prosecutor’s Office.

“This meeting is part of the program that I had established after a surprise raid that I carried out with my whole team on March 17th, 2022 at the Parquet de Grande Instance in Kinshasa-Kalamu. It was important that I challenge their leaders, that is to say the two public prosecutors, because we found many anomalies between the reality at the level of the central prison of Makala and the registers kept by the magistrates  » , did she say. According to Minister Rose Mutombo, the teams she has put in place and which have carried out checks at the central prison of Makala for 3 months have counted more than 8,889 people incarcerated to date. “We have found to date that there are more than 8,889 people incarcerated, 4,271 are in preventive detention.

There are at least 2,030 defendants awaiting their final decisions at the level of courts and tribunals. We only have 2,026 convicts. We have more than 6,000 who do not yet know their fate at the end,” she said, adding that the government is spending a lot of money on people who can be released. She said that “even if we apply presidential pardon and parole, given that there are only 2,026 convicts, it will only be on this quota that we can grant parole and presidential pardon”, she said, claiming to have called on the prosecutors “to do their job, otherwise there will be sanctions”.

She also declared having « written to the first president of the Court of Cassation to give instructions to the courts and tribunals so that they liquidate the various files which are pending at their levels ». Inherited from the colonial era, the central prison of Makala was built to accommodate 1,500 prisoners. ACP/