UN mission in Congo under scrutiny as staff nabbed with gem

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By Josephine Lukoya and Mugabe Robert

Goma, DRC-A driver of UN Mission in Democratic Republic of Congo (Monusco) was arrested Sunday, August 21 at about 23 hours at the border between Rwanda and Congo, with 1,200 kilos of Cassiterite black in a vehicle of the UN mission in DRC. These 24 parcels of 50 kilos each.

The accused was caught trafficking in the border between Rwanda and DRC.

This driver, who is the staff of Monusco, spent all day Monday, August 22 at the National Intelligence Agency (ANR). He was transferred afternoon, the prosecutor general of North Kivu.

The prosecution quickly commissioned this case and the trial began Monday afternoon at the High Court of Goma, said a reporter for Radio Okapi.

Alerted, the governor of the province of North Kivu, Julien Paluku, the security guards of Monusco and the police and military authorities of the city descended on the scene to find the facts.

By order of the provincial authority, minerals seized were consigned to the warehouse of the Directorate General of Customs and Excise (DGDA).

Direction General de Migration sources, say the car is still parked at the border.
In a statement issued on Monday in Kinshasa, the government has ordered the continuation of such “illicit trafficking.”

The spokesman of the government, Lambert Mende, who signed the document stipulates that trade impoverishes the DRC and maintains the insecurity in the country by helping to “grow the illegal trade in minerals of blood against which the DRC and the international community mobilized with firmness.”

Through this same statement, the government wished to see the Monusco “take full responsibility” to prevent such failures from recurring.

The UN mission officials said they Monusco launched their own investigation.

Illegal logging and smuggling of natural resources of the DRC are serious crimes that the Mission is responsible for preventing, said a statement from the UN Mission in the DRC on Monday evening.

Any allegation against a staff member on its possible involvement in such illegal activities will be investigated and appropriate action will be taken, the statement said.

Remember that the police had seized the mines, Thursday, July 28 to 4:00 am, more than 10 tonnes of cassiterite in the plot of a FARDC officer at the headquarters in Goma Ndosho. This lot came from South Kivu in a truck escorted by soldiers of the FARDC, according to police sources.

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