At his sickbed,DRC Senate President forgives his attackers

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By Josephine Lukoya

Victim Leon Kengo wa Dondo

A Victim of assault in Paris, Saturday, Dec. 31, the Congolese president of the senate, Leon Kengo wa Dondo forgives his attackers. The executive secretary of his party Union of Forces for Change (UFC), Michel Bongongo, said this Monday, January 2 during a press conference.

Though the ambassador of France in the DRC had said on Sunday 1st January that he hoped the President of the Senate Congolese would be able to quickly file a complaint that “the perpetrators are quickly apprehended and brought before the judges.” Kengo wa Dondo said he has forgiven the attackers.

“Why did he do it? Yes simply, because he’s a Christian. His faith is based on forgiveness, “said Michel Bongongo explaining that the mission Leon Kengo has set is to” bring people together and create a dialogue.

The attack in which Mr. Dondo lost two teeth occurred over the weekend at Paris Gare du Nord rail station as Dondo was disembarking from a train coming from Brussels.

According to the DRC government spokesman, Lambert Mende Omalanga, the attackers blamed Dondo for splitting the opposition vote and denying opposition leader Etienne Tshisekedi the chance to win.

The attackers were reportedly also unhappy that Dondo attended President Kabila’s swearing-in ceremony.

The ministry of Foreign Affairs has since issued a protest note to the French ambassador in Kinshasa accusing French officials of not sufficiently taking care of DRC officials whenever they visit France.

“Too many DRC officials become victims of violence from such groups of generally unemployed young DRC citizens during visits to some European countries”, complained Alexis Tambwe Mwamba, the minister for Foreign Affairs.

But the executive secretary of the UFC did not know whether the President of the Senate filed a court case.

In addition, Michel Bongongo said the leader of his party is still committed to a hospital in Paris, adding that he was “generally doing well and gradually getting back to his daily activities.”

Condemnation of the Senate
In a statement released this Monday, January 2 the office of the Senate condemned the aggression suffered by the President.

He calls “the duty of friendship and solidarity of the Senate and the House of Representatives for French they weigh all their weight to the French government so that the perpetrators of this heinous act do not go unpunished.”

The office of the Senate calls on the Congolese community in France, Belgium and the UK to “soak republican values ​​to express through legal channels and patriotic claims both political and social.”

Condemning this act, the Congolese Minister of Foreign Affairs, Alexis Thambwe Mwamba, had demanded an investigation to determine the culprits.

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