A farmer from Beni, a former student of Lovanium, Etienne Tshisekedi writes: Do not fall into their traps!

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Open letter to Etienne Tshisekedi wa Mulumba

Dear Ya Tshitshi,

Hello !

Before you start reading my letter, do me a favor: observing together one minute of silence in memory of our sons and daughters killed not only in Kinshasa but throughout the whole of the Republic! Among the dead are my wife, my daughter and my son. Thank you !

It seems that this is how you are now called by your intimate. Let me speak to you, too, saying, Ya Tshitshi but familiarly to you and for several reasons.

A certain October 11, 1966

First, we are of the same generation. In fact, I was born in 1933. And in that sense, you’re my big brother! Like you, I see us as witnesses of our history from colonial times through the years of independence until today with the recolonization of our country. Like you, I studied at Lovanium, but with a difference: you were the first doctor of law in our country. As for me, three years earlier, I had joined my local for administrative duties of the state. And finally, because of an event, not the least and I’m sure you’ll remember, we had gathered on a certain October 11, 1966 in Beni. Ah shame ! If I were beside you I was going to ask you to tell me what you remember of that date. Well, that day, a unique event, not only in the world but also in the history of our country, a young priest was consecrated bishop: he was called Bishop Emmanuel Kataliko! Yes a unique event, because he was the youngest bishop of the Roman Catholic Church! Irony of fate, you were in the same year as him because he also was born in 1932. You were Minister of the Interior and customary affairs, if I remember correctly. And it is for this reason that you had represented President Joseph Désiré Mobutu Sese Seko Kuku Ngbendu wa Za Banga to the episcopal ordination of our brother Emmanuel Kataliko. During the various ceremonies, I was not like you sitting in the front row, except at meal. We were called the advanced. Sad language! And yet that’s what earned me the honor to greet you personally.

I did no longer recognize you

I do not know if you had the time to read my letter that I sent to the Prosecutor of the CPI. The day before yesterday, I heard on Radio MONUSCO that Madam Prosecutor is following the massacres raging in Beni and that this case is indeed being studied in her office. In life, you have to be content with small things. This pleased me because I had the feeling that my letter reached her even though she has not said so explicitly. I now expect the results if God grants me life.

But to be honest, I must confess that I repent for having written her before you. I think I should have written you first before sending her a letter as one would think that the solution to our problems would come from outside. While everything depends first on us. Your words yesterday on Radio MONUSCO have convinced me more than ever.

To recall, in my letter to the Prosecutor, I was indignant about her propositions that let perceive a total indifference vis-à-vis the genocide in the East and particularly in Beni, as if our wives, our husbands, our mothers, our fathers, our children, our sisters, our brothers, butchered and murdered, were not worth as dear as our brothers and sisters killed September 19, 2016 in Kinshasa! Yes, that’s what I feel until this time, since the time I have listened to your words on the radio of MONUSCO. In no time, you made reference to the genocide of Beni. Unless this radio had censored your speech. Frankly, I did not recognize you in your words! Is it forgetfulness?

Do not fall into Their traps!

Like all others, you seem to ignore the genocide to which we delivered here in the East, especially in Beni! Dear Yaya Tshitshi, do not fall into their traps.

You’ll agree with me if I venture to say that so far this genocide has never been a central concern of our institutions of the Republic. Because since it started (that’s two years to the day, from October 2, 2014) neither the Presidency nor the Parliament nor the Senate nor the prosecutor of Justice has mobilized the entire Congolese population to stand up as one man to end the genocide raging here in the far north of North-Kivu. Instead, they keep a complicit silence before the invasion of our territory by foreign armies. The case dates back to the importation of Sudanese rebels in Ituri and North-Kivu. And to this day, no one stood against this betrayal, to demand the arrest of the perpetrators, as well as the violation of the Constitution!

But there is no such kingly State institutions! Our politicians, including those in the opposition, have never made this genocide or invasion of our country their Trojan horse!

All, both the opposition and the majority, have only eyes turned to Kinshasa to loot the country and fill their pockets. The rest does not interest them.

The events of 19 September are a proof. But let us be clear! I condemn these killings! I hate this power that does not allow people to express their fed up! I protest against any violation of the constitution and in that Joseph Kabila has no value in my eyes, because since 2011 his project has been to never call the elections according to the constitution, by the date of September 19, 2016! And whoever is lined or stands behind this project, whether Congolese or not, has become for me a Mukumbira, as we say in my language, an outcast! But in the same way, I can not support any politician whose only agenda is to implement the saying « Get out of here that I may put myself »!

Tshitshi does not fall into their traps! You follow what is happening in the nation palace! It seems that the genocide in the East is not on their agenda. Never in their council, they are concerned by far or close by the situation in the East.

The country is wider than Kinshasa!

Dear Yaya, I encourage your political struggle for the liberation of our country! But today remember one thing if you want your battle to be successful: the country is wider than Kinshasa. I mean, in other words:

– The violation is not only about the Constitution in locked articles! The entry of foreign troops on the territory without the consent of the people is a violation of the Constitution.

– The killings of Kinshasa is a violation of the Constitution on the same rank as the genocide in the east of the Republic. A population of the Democratic Republic of Congo was killed deliberately by those who are supposed to protect it. I am a witness. And you understand why we call for an international and neutral investigation here in Beni. The images are horrible. I hope that you have seen them. We are transported in their vehicles like animals that we bring to the slaughterhouse. You know, I can no longer eat meat for some time, by participating in the funeral of mines, when they are lucky not to be thrown into mass graves or in the river Semuliki as was the case during the last massacres of Rwangoma or Kasinga.

I hear that the families of the victims of September 19 in Kinshasa will be compensated in value of $ 5,000. By listening to this, I would naturally be carried by anger because since 2014, never the regime came to compensate for ours: over 1500! But it must be so! We cannt evaluate genocide in terms of money! Genocide is priceless!

Points to be included in the agenda of the dialogue you announce

dear Yaya Tshitshi, do not fall into their traps! To believe the radio MONUSCO, you call the people of Kinshasa to remain vigilant until the day the real dialogue will begin!

Here’s a tip from a former Lovanium: If you want this dialogue to succeed and all the Congolese people in welcoming the guidelines, make the difference! Shows the people that their future is not played only in Kinshasa and that any dialogue, any action, any lobbying that maintain as the agenda and as a refrain that the electoral timetable is bound to fail. The withdrawal of foreign forces from the DR Congo, the end of genocide and invasion in the east, the international investigation is neutral to arrest the perpetrators and accomplices, those are good points that should also mobilize the Congolese people, as well as October 19 and December 19, 2016 and be included in the agreement to be signed in due time! In this regard, I ask you why you chose the date of October 19 as the next step where you will give a red card to Joseph Kabila? For us here, this date is symbolic: it is a 19 October 2012 that our three priests, Edmond, Jean-Pierre and Anselme were kidnapped. They represent a huge crowd of over 2,000 people who have been kidnapped in recent years and they are still unaccounted for.

Remember what you said in Beni October 11, 1966!

I would like to end this letter by your words, at the episcopal ordination of our brother, Bishop Emmanuel Kataliko, here in Beni. I see you still fixated on the population, leaving your paper. I do not know if it was after Communion or during the meal: « I’ll tell you one thing: today, Beni is somehow like Congo’s capital! Yes, the future of our country is being written here!  » It is only now, seeing what is happening here, I measure the severity of these words. Your words remind me of the recent story of our country: it is Beni that the unification of the country started in 2002 when the country was divided into « républiquettes ».

Yes, the future of the Democratic Republic of Congo is being played out not only in Kinshasa but also and especially in the East, particularly in Beni! Here are over 50 years since you had said! Or Beni will be saved and DR Congo will continue to exist as one country! Or Beni will disappears and the DR Congo ceases to exist as a nation! Looks like the story catches up with you, Yaya Tshitshi. Begin to say it aloud at all times, while traveling, at home, during your meetings, or when you sleep! Write it to your fight program! Whether at home or abroad. Oh Yes, may the tongue of every politician sticks to his palate if he does not remember Beni, would cry the psalmist today!

It appears that you have changed political party. Now you have become the president of the Rally! Beautiful program a priori! Provided it also brings together aspirations of populations of Grand North!

Mutsuva Malighe Wa Luholo
Kasabinyole-Beni

PS: You know it, the postal service does not work in our country! I go through the same channel as the one I used last time when I wrote to Madam Prosecutor! If you want to answer me, go through radio MONUSCO! At least on this point, it provides us services.

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Open letter to Etienne Tshisekedi wa Mulumba

Dear Ya Tshitshi,

Hello !

Before you start reading my letter, do me a favor: observing together one minute of silence in memory of our sons and daughters killed not only in Kinshasa but throughout the whole of the Republic! Among the dead are my wife, my daughter and my son. Thank you !

It seems that this is how you are now called by your intimate. Let me speak to you, too, saying, Ya Tshitshi but familiarly to you and for several reasons.

A certain October 11, 1966

First, we are of the same generation. In fact, I was born in 1933. And in that sense, you’re my big brother! Like you, I see us as witnesses of our history from colonial times through the years of independence until today with the recolonization of our country. Like you, I studied at Lovanium, but with a difference: you were the first doctor of law in our country. As for me, three years earlier, I had joined my local for administrative duties of the state. And finally, because of an event, not the least and I’m sure you’ll remember, we had gathered on a certain October 11, 1966 in Beni. Ah shame ! If I were beside you I was going to ask you to tell me what you remember of that date. Well, that day, a unique event, not only in the world but also in the history of our country, a young priest was consecrated bishop: he was called Bishop Emmanuel Kataliko! Yes a unique event, because he was the youngest bishop of the Roman Catholic Church! Irony of fate, you were in the same year as him because he also was born in 1932. You were Minister of the Interior and customary affairs, if I remember correctly. And it is for this reason that you had represented President Joseph Désiré Mobutu Sese Seko Kuku Ngbendu wa Za Banga to the episcopal ordination of our brother Emmanuel Kataliko. During the various ceremonies, I was not like you sitting in the front row, except at meal. We were called the advanced. Sad language! And yet that’s what earned me the honor to greet you personally.

I did no longer recognize you

I do not know if you had the time to read my letter that I sent to the Prosecutor of the CPI. The day before yesterday, I heard on Radio MONUSCO that Madam Prosecutor is following the massacres raging in Beni and that this case is indeed being studied in her office. In life, you have to be content with small things. This pleased me because I had the feeling that my letter reached her even though she has not said so explicitly. I now expect the results if God grants me life.

But to be honest, I must confess that I repent for having written her before you. I think I should have written you first before sending her a letter as one would think that the solution to our problems would come from outside. While everything depends first on us. Your words yesterday on Radio MONUSCO have convinced me more than ever.

To recall, in my letter to the Prosecutor, I was indignant about her propositions that let perceive a total indifference vis-à-vis the genocide in the East and particularly in Beni, as if our wives, our husbands, our mothers, our fathers, our children, our sisters, our brothers, butchered and murdered, were not worth as dear as our brothers and sisters killed September 19, 2016 in Kinshasa! Yes, that’s what I feel until this time, since the time I have listened to your words on the radio of MONUSCO. In no time, you made reference to the genocide of Beni. Unless this radio had censored your speech. Frankly, I did not recognize you in your words! Is it forgetfulness?

Do not fall into Their traps!

Like all others, you seem to ignore the genocide to which we delivered here in the East, especially in Beni! Dear Yaya Tshitshi, do not fall into their traps.

You’ll agree with me if I venture to say that so far this genocide has never been a central concern of our institutions of the Republic. Because since it started (that’s two years to the day, from October 2, 2014) neither the Presidency nor the Parliament nor the Senate nor the prosecutor of Justice has mobilized the entire Congolese population to stand up as one man to end the genocide raging here in the far north of North-Kivu. Instead, they keep a complicit silence before the invasion of our territory by foreign armies. The case dates back to the importation of Sudanese rebels in Ituri and North-Kivu. And to this day, no one stood against this betrayal, to demand the arrest of the perpetrators, as well as the violation of the Constitution!

But there is no such kingly State institutions! Our politicians, including those in the opposition, have never made this genocide or invasion of our country their Trojan horse!

All, both the opposition and the majority, have only eyes turned to Kinshasa to loot the country and fill their pockets. The rest does not interest them.

The events of 19 September are a proof. But let us be clear! I condemn these killings! I hate this power that does not allow people to express their fed up! I protest against any violation of the constitution and in that Joseph Kabila has no value in my eyes, because since 2011 his project has been to never call the elections according to the constitution, by the date of September 19, 2016! And whoever is lined or stands behind this project, whether Congolese or not, has become for me a Mukumbira, as we say in my language, an outcast! But in the same way, I can not support any politician whose only agenda is to implement the saying « Get out of here that I may put myself »!

Tshitshi does not fall into their traps! You follow what is happening in the nation palace! It seems that the genocide in the East is not on their agenda. Never in their council, they are concerned by far or close by the situation in the East.

The country is wider than Kinshasa!

Dear Yaya, I encourage your political struggle for the liberation of our country! But today remember one thing if you want your battle to be successful: the country is wider than Kinshasa. I mean, in other words:

– The violation is not only about the Constitution in locked articles! The entry of foreign troops on the territory without the consent of the people is a violation of the Constitution.

– The killings of Kinshasa is a violation of the Constitution on the same rank as the genocide in the east of the Republic. A population of the Democratic Republic of Congo was killed deliberately by those who are supposed to protect it. I am a witness. And you understand why we call for an international and neutral investigation here in Beni. The images are horrible. I hope that you have seen them. We are transported in their vehicles like animals that we bring to the slaughterhouse. You know, I can no longer eat meat for some time, by participating in the funeral of mines, when they are lucky not to be thrown into mass graves or in the river Semuliki as was the case during the last massacres of Rwangoma or Kasinga.

I hear that the families of the victims of September 19 in Kinshasa will be compensated in value of $ 5,000. By listening to this, I would naturally be carried by anger because since 2014, never the regime came to compensate for ours: over 1500! But it must be so! We cannt evaluate genocide in terms of money! Genocide is priceless!

Points to be included in the agenda of the dialogue you announce

dear Yaya Tshitshi, do not fall into their traps! To believe the radio MONUSCO, you call the people of Kinshasa to remain vigilant until the day the real dialogue will begin!

Here’s a tip from a former Lovanium: If you want this dialogue to succeed and all the Congolese people in welcoming the guidelines, make the difference! Shows the people that their future is not played only in Kinshasa and that any dialogue, any action, any lobbying that maintain as the agenda and as a refrain that the electoral timetable is bound to fail. The withdrawal of foreign forces from the DR Congo, the end of genocide and invasion in the east, the international investigation is neutral to arrest the perpetrators and accomplices, those are good points that should also mobilize the Congolese people, as well as October 19 and December 19, 2016 and be included in the agreement to be signed in due time! In this regard, I ask you why you chose the date of October 19 as the next step where you will give a red card to Joseph Kabila? For us here, this date is symbolic: it is a 19 October 2012 that our three priests, Edmond, Jean-Pierre and Anselme were kidnapped. They represent a huge crowd of over 2,000 people who have been kidnapped in recent years and they are still unaccounted for.

Remember what you said in Beni October 11, 1966!

I would like to end this letter by your words, at the episcopal ordination of our brother, Bishop Emmanuel Kataliko, here in Beni. I see you still fixated on the population, leaving your paper. I do not know if it was after Communion or during the meal: « I’ll tell you one thing: today, Beni is somehow like Congo’s capital! Yes, the future of our country is being written here!  » It is only now, seeing what is happening here, I measure the severity of these words. Your words remind me of the recent story of our country: it is Beni that the unification of the country started in 2002 when the country was divided into « républiquettes ».

Yes, the future of the Democratic Republic of Congo is being played out not only in Kinshasa but also and especially in the East, particularly in Beni! Here are over 50 years since you had said! Or Beni will be saved and DR Congo will continue to exist as one country! Or Beni will disappears and the DR Congo ceases to exist as a nation! Looks like the story catches up with you, Yaya Tshitshi. Begin to say it aloud at all times, while traveling, at home, during your meetings, or when you sleep! Write it to your fight program! Whether at home or abroad. Oh Yes, may the tongue of every politician sticks to his palate if he does not remember Beni, would cry the psalmist today!

It appears that you have changed political party. Now you have become the president of the Rally! Beautiful program a priori! Provided it also brings together aspirations of populations of Grand North!

Mutsuva Malighe Wa Luholo
Kasabinyole-Beni

PS: You know it, the postal service does not work in our country! I go through the same channel as the one I used last time when I wrote to Madam Prosecutor! If you want to answer me, go through radio MONUSCO! At least on this point, it provides us services.

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