a demonstration for the release of pastor Ngoy Mulunda was dispersed in Lubumbashi



Pastor Ngoy Mulunda was sentenced in 2021 to three years in prison for


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Pastor Ngoy Mulunda was sentenced in 2021 to three years in prison for “incitement to hatred”. Here he is in 2011 when he was president of the Ceni.

The police dispersed a demonstration organized in Lubumbashi on Tuesday January 18 calling for the release of Pastor Daniel Ngoy Mulunda, former president of the Independent National Electoral Commission (Céni) and close to former President Joseph Kabila. According to the organizers, there would be about fifty injured, 14 of whom would be in serious condition and ten demonstrators were arrested.

Moïse Katumbi condemns the proportionate use of force by the police. Ngoy Mulunda was sentenced in 2020 to three years in prison for “ incitement to hatred “. Several members of political parties close to the FCC participated in the march. For them, Pastor Ngoy Mulunda is a political prisoner.

Félix Kabange Numbi, executive of the Common Front for Congo (FCC), returns to the judgment of Pastor Ngoy Mulunda at the microphone of our correspondent in Lubumbashi, Denise Maheho: “ Pastor Ngoy Mulunda, I could even say that he was never judged correctly. Why ? At first instance, Pastor Mulunda was tried without having been identified. Pastor Mulunda never presented his defenses. The lawyers have appealed. But it’s been months and months that this case has never been programmed. That is why, knowing that the judgment that was pronounced was iniquitous and that he was a political prisoner, we wanted to raise this today and march to demand the unconditional freedom of Pastor Mulunda ».

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