DRC's tainted ex-police chief made national hero

2017-06-06 18:30
DRC flag. (iStock)

DRC flag. (iStock)

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

Kinshasa - Democratic Republic of Congo's former police chief John Numbi, believed by regime critics to be prime suspect in the murder of a key rights activist, has been made a national hero.

Numbi, who holds the rank of general, is one of eight senior police officers named as "national heroes" by President Joseph Kabila in a May 16 ruling seen online on Tuesday.

He was relieved of his post after the 2010 killing of Floribert Chebeya, founder of the rights movement Voice of the Voiceless, who was found dead in his car on June 2, a day after he was driven to police headquarters in Kinshasa following a summons from the police chief.

Chebeya's driver, Fidele Bazana, went missing without trace and in the absence of a body, the judiciary concluded that he had also been murdered.

Numbi denies having any appointment with Chebaya on that day and has only once appeared in court, as a witness.

In 2011, a military court sentenced a senior police officer to death and jailed a police captain for life over the murder, but four years later, following an appeal, the death sentence was commuted to 15 years jail and the captain acquitted.

"It's authentic, it's an official decree," a staff member working at the official government gazette told AFP in reference to the document posted online.

Over the years, Chebeya became highly critical of the regime of Kabila, who was propelled into office in 2001 by Kinshasa politicians after his father Laurent-Desire Kabila was assassinated while the country was at war.

In September 2016, Washington placed Numbi on a blacklist of undesirable persons, describing him as "an influential advisor to President Kabila".

During a ceremony in Paris on June 2 to mark the seventh anniversary of Chebeya's murder and Bazana's suspected murder, their families said they remained hopeful that the truth would emerge.

Read more on:    joseph ­kabila  |  drc  |  central africa

Join the conversation!

24.com encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.

Inside News24

Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.