Congolese rebels fleeing into Zambia kill headman

One Zambian has so far been killed by the Maimai rebels of Congo DRC in Chienge District of Luapula Province since fights between the government and the rebels started.

Senior Chief Puta of the Bwile people confirmed the incident ZANIS in Chienge over the weekend when Deputy Home Affairs Minister Nickson Chilangwa paid a courtesy call on him.

Chief Puta said Headman Ntutuma was killed in a raid by the Maimai rebels that has resulted into most Congolese nationals fleeing into Zambia.

The Chief said that the body of Headman Ntutuma is lying in Nchelenge district hospital awaiting a post-mortem.

The Traditional leader also noted that a lot of Congolese refugees have crossed into Zambia but are not recorded since they are using uncontrolled entry points such as lambwe chikwama, Kabange and swali.

The Chief said very few refugees passed through the border control post and that a number of them have since integrated into the surrounding communities because they have Zambian relatives.

At least 1000 Congolese refugees have fled into Zambia following political fights that have erupted between the Maimai rebels and the government in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

More than 800 refugees are being kept at Kilwa Island in Nchelenge and 69 in Chienge districts in Luapula Province.

Defence Minister Geoffrey Mwamba, Home Affairs Minister Edgar Lungu, Luapula Province Minister Benson Kapaya and Home Affairs Deputy Minister Nickson Chilangwa were in Luapula over the weekend to find an alternative location were to keep the Congolese refugees.

Source: ZANIS

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