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UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has called for “credible investigations” after at least six people were killed in Kinshasa during the latest crackdown on demonstrations against President Joseph Kabila. Whether he will get it is a different matter.
Guterres said the government should “hold those responsible accountable”, just as the UN peacekeeping mission MONUSCO reported a surge in extrajudicial executions by state agents, notably in the southern region of Kasai. According to MONUSCOs annual human rights report, there were 1,176 recorded summary killings, “including at least 89 women and 213 children in 2017 mostly committed by the armed forces a 25% increase on 2016.
The January 21 protests followed the killing of nine people by the police during similar demonstrations organised by the Catholic Church on December 31.
Kabila is facing mounting unrest over his postponement of elections last year. They are now scheduled to take place at the end of 2018 although few Congolese believe that date will hold either.