Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere
Martin Luther King
Saying that authoritarian regimes imprison or make disappear their opponents would sound like an understatement. But it really is because that is what they do constantly. The following information about the disappearance of Congolese member of Parliament Eugene Diomi Ndongala was posted online by activist Kambale Musavili. This is not a first case in the Democratic Republic of Congo as the note explains. In our pages too we reported the murder of Floribert Chebeya that remains unsolved until today.[https://therisingcontinent.wordpress.com/2010/10/06/barack-obama%E2%80%99s-approach-to-change-on-the-african-continent-3/]
Since June 27, 2012, Congolese member of Parliament Eugène Diomi Ndongala who refused to take his parliamentary seat since the 2011 Congolese legislative elections (though he won), and an opposition leader to the Congolese government regime of Kabila, has disappeared.
According to the family, he was kidnapped on that day and the Congolese government is spreading lies within the media that he is a fugitive. The family believes that the Congolese government kidnapped him as they did last Fall and are afraid that his life is in danger. This is not the first time it happened to him as in the past he was also kidnapped by the Laurent Kabila regime of 1998 (http://www.ipu.org/hr-e/165/zre25.htm)
The Diomi family is appealing to all people of goodwill, wherever they are, to help them in contacting human rights organizations and world governments to put pressure on the Congolese regime. As Congolese, we have lost too many advocates for Congo on the ground.
Floribert Chebeya also is believed to have been killed by Congolese security forces. He was kidnapped by DRC police, tortured, then thrown in a car with his driver who was also killed in June 2010 (http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/10223564).
Armand Tungulu is believed to have been killed by Congolese security forces. He was accused wrongfully by govt that he threw a stone at the presidential convoy, then govt said he committed suicide while in prison in October 2010 (http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-11469140).
Feel free to contact the Diomi family through Eugene’s brother, Dominique (https://www.facebook.com/dominique.diomilesangnouveau) for help you can provide, i.e. networking with international human rights orgs, world governments, etc.
While researching this piece I found on Diomi facebook pages this important reference to the Congolese constitution worth publishing. If all Congolese were aware of their fundamental rights as written and guaranteed by their own constitution, I am certain that many things would change for the better.
Article 64 of the Constitution of the Republic of Congo
Every Congolese has a right to defeat any individual or group which takes power by force or exercise power in violation of the Constitution.
And if all constitutions could have such guarantees against usurpation of power and all citizens were aware and ready to defend their rights, wouldn’t the world be different?