Three elements of FARDC condemned for having created panic in Kanyaruchina/Nyiragongo

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Goma, November 17th, 2022 (CPA) – Three elements of the Armed Forces of the Democratic Republic of Congo (FARDC), were sentenced to life imprisonment, on Wednesday, in a hearing in flagrance of Goma military garrison court, for having created panic last Tuesday at the displaced persons camp in Kanyaruchina, Nyiragongo territory.

“The soldiers Pascal Luzo Ombeni, Alex Chilumba, belonging to the 212th Battalion, and Mutiti Nzee of the 21st brigade, were charged with “high cowardice” and for having fired several shots at the level of Kanyaruchina roadblock, a situation which led to a massive flight of war-displaced people to Goma city », said Goma garrison military court.

In this hearing, which opposed the public prosecutor to the defendants, the court’s sentence specifies that these three soldiers committed offenses punishable by article 57 of the military penal code, book 2, and that the death penalty they deserved was commuted to a life sentence.

This situation, it is reported, created wild rumours on Tuesday that M23 rebels had just entered this area.

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These displaced people from the territory of Rutshuru, prey to clashes between FARDC and M23 terrorists supported by Rwanda, have gradually returned since Wednesday to their accommodation sites in the territory of Nyiragongo.

Reacting to this panic, the military governor of Nord Kivu, Lt General Constant Ndima, in a statement read to the press on the same Tuesday in Goma, asked his constituents to remain calm and go about their business freely.

Passing through this entity, after his Consultations in Kinshasa, the Facilitator for the Nairobi process, Uhuru Kenyatta, was disgusted to see columns of displaced persons, estimated at 38,440 people including children, fleeing the atrocities committed by the Rwandan-backed M23 terrorists in Rutshuru territory. ACP/Matadi/Masebi/Kalombo