DRC: Contradictions over the death of rebel leader based in Ituri

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By Josephine Lukoya

FARDC integrated with Lebels( Photo Okapi Radio)

Goma-Congolese army last week announced the death of the Ituri based militia group called Patriotic resistance Front leader Col. Matata Cobra. The authorities in Congo government said they are still identifying the bodies.

However, Col. Mata call stormed the studios of UN baked Radio, Okapi claiming that FARDC


“I myself Colonel Cobra Matata talking to you. What FARDC said is false. “This is how the head of the Patriotic Resistance Front of Ituri (FRPI), alias Cobra Matata Matata Banaloki claimed on Tuesday, Oct. 4 in Ituri in Orientale Province the news of his death.

Beside the chief of staff of his militia FRPI Mbadu Adirodu, Cobra Matata deserter FARDC officer since June 2010 explained the choice of returning to the bush:

“In the process [of peace], we agreed that amnesty is granted and that we release our imprisoned comrades and that organizes a mixer [operation pooling of former militiamen integrated into the army National] for us. If the government agrees to do all this, our good relations will be restored, “said Cobra Matata.

The commander of the operational area of ​​the Armed Forces of the Democratic Republic of Congo (FARDC), Colonel Fal Sikabwe, announced, Monday, Oct. 3 on local radio in Ituri that Colonel alias Cobra Matata Banaloki had died since September 20, during a clash between militiamen of the Forces of Patriotic Resistance in Ituri (FRPI) and the FARDC around and Matalatala Bukiringi groups in the community Walendu-Bindi in Ituri (Province Orientale).

Reached by Okapi reporter on the telephone in Kinshasa where he is on a mission, Colonel Fal Sikabwe, commander of the operational area of ​​the FARDC in Ituri denied having confirmed the deaths of Cobra Matata of Bunia to journalists:

“First, I have not released the death of Cobra Matata. We have images of the body. Now it is to check the images with people who will identify the bodies, “he said confirming that there is a body believed to be that of Cobra Matata.


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