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Memorandum of the UDSP about the new Kabila's High Commissioner in Kenya
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Mutombo Kabundji
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Union for Democracy and Social Progress

South Africa 

Monday, November 23, 1998

Ref: CE/064/UDPS-RSA/CF/MM/98

Memorandum

 

His Excellency Mr. Daniel Arap Moi

President of the Republic of Kenya

C/0 His Excellency the High Commissioner

of the Republic of Kenya

Pretoria.

Republic of South Africa.

 

Excellency Mr. President,

 

Re: Protest against the appointment of Mr.Gabriel Kyungu wa Kumwanza as Ambassador.

The Union for Democracy and Social Progress (UDPS), South African Federation wishes first of all to present to you and to the Kenyan people its kindest and fraternal regards. At this moment where Congolese people are bereaved by an undesired war, the UDPS would like to present to your Excellency its gratitude for the efforts your government has deployed to bring about peace in Congo.

Mr. President, it has come to our attention that Mr. Gabriel Kyungu wa Kumwanza has been appointed by President Laurent Kabila as ambassador of the Democratic Republic Congo to Nairobi. The UDPS is equally aware that Mr. Gabriel Kyungu who presented his credentials earlier this month has taken his functions as diplomatic representative of Congolese people in your country.

The UDPS would like, for the record to bring to your attention that Mr. Kyungu wa Kumwanza has been accused by the party and Congolese people for being responsible of incitement to ethnic hatred and genocide of a section of the population.

As matter of fact, Mr. Kyungu Wa Kumwanza then Governor of the copper province of Shaba (Katanga) initiated in 1992, with a tacit approval of President Mobutu and the Primer Minister Jean Nguz, an open campaign of hatred against the people originated from Kasai province who have settled in the province for several generations. Many amongst them where UDPS supporters and members.

The campaign of incitement to genocide ended up in cycle of unrest and violence by Kyungu's drugged militia (JUFERI) towards Kasai people. The outcome of this demonic plan was looting, rape and systematic killing on the spot of as many as 10.000 people and the eviction of hundred of thousands from their jobs and homes.

Driven by sadism and extermination aim Mr. Kyungu gathered for months his victims in "concentration camps" built at the railway stations in Kolwezi and Likasi (two major mining towns) for hypothetical trains to take them to their original province. In those "death camps" people were subjected to infra-human conditions with no shelter, no food, no medicine, no sanitary facilities. As a result many Kasai people particularly children and women died from starvation and disease.

In their way to Kasai, Kyungu's victims who left behind their homes and belongings were overcrowded in open wagons like livestock. Their trips were planned to yearn in order to exterminate them by way of disease and lack of food. Some of the journeys lasted 3 months while regularly trains take just two days to cover a distance of 1000 kilometres.

The toll of Kyungu's genocide plan was more or less 300.000 Kasai people displaced from Katanga to Zambia and Kasai province, more or less 10.000 people killed and more or less 30.000 people who died from starvation and disease.

Your Excellency,

All of this was done against the terms of our constitution and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights which stipulated that people are free to settle in any part of their country as they wish. All of those killings were done in transgression of the 1948 Convention against genocide. This holocaust has been perpetrated in front of a conniving silence of Mobutu's government, the irresponsible silence of humanitarian organisations like the " Médecins Sans Frontières" that eye witnessed the events without denouncing them. All those horrible crimes were done in front of the culpable silence of the OAU, the UN and the international Community.

In view of the aforementioned, Mr. Gabriel Kyungu wa Kumwanza deserves for the posterity a trial before the courts of the DRC and the international tribunal for incitement to ethnic hatred, violence and genocide against a section of the population of Congo. Mr. Kyungu's place is in a court-room and not amongst respectable and honourable ambassadors. The UDPS would like to recall that genocide is a crime against humanity and then the presence of Mr. Gabriel Kyungu wa Kumwanza amongst diplomats in Nairobi will tarnish the image of the diplomatic body since his hands are full of blood of innocent citizens of Congo.

Therefore the UDPS protests against the appointment of Mr. Gabriel Kyungu wa Kumwanza as representative of Congolese people in your country and accuses President Laurent Kabila of connivance with a " criminal". It kindly requests you to reject Mr. Kyungu's credentials, to arrest him for crime against humanity and to bring him to justice.

Contacts have been made with the International tribunal of Arusha in order to try Mr. Gabriel Kyungu wa Kumwanza.

The UDPS hopes that this memorandum will receive your utmost attention

Sincerely yours

Mutombo Kabundji

President UDPS-South-Africa

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