(London) Save the Congo deplores Kinshasa’s epidemic of political abductions and disappearances; and calls upon the UK, the French and UN authorities to urgently help secure the release of Eugène Diomi Ndongala, leader of Christian Democrats in Congo.
Diomi Ndongala is one of the leading opposition figures in Congo. He was elected in 2011 in the Congolese lower house, Assemble National, but refused to takeup his seat in protest of wide spread vote rigging in favour of Joseph Kabila, documented by the EU, the Roman Catholic Church of Congo and Carter Centre.
Diomi Ndongala was abducted by “state security agents” on the 27th of June 2012. His whereabouts remained unknown until his release just to be re-arrested once more on trumped up charges. His health or well being could be in danger; and his family and friends are frightened about their own safety and well being. The Kabila regime has recently embarked on a campaign of malicious rumours to stain Diomi character.
Last year, the Conservative Member of Parliament for Southend West, the Honourable David Amess, MP, tabled an a parliamentary motion (Early Day Motion 85: “Kabila regime and detention of Eugène Diomi Ndongala and Others) on the fate of Diomi Ndongala and others: http://www.parliament.uk/edm/2013-14/85
Save the Congo’ founder and CEO, Vava Tampa, said:
“Diomi Ndongala is just one of the many people kidnapped by the dictatorial regime of Joseph Kabila since the bitterly contested elections last November. This is a political ploy to suffocate the opposition; and intimidate the population into submission. Anyone who dares to question or criticise the Kabila & Co. is a target. Scores of rights activists, journalists and opposition leaders and activists have been abducted, tortured and in many cases murdered in recent years. “
“We are calling upon UK authorities, and all good-willed governments in Africa and across the world, to urgently help secure the release of Eugène Diomi Ndongala.