In the Democratic Republic of Congo, has it come to the responsibility of Kalev Mutondo? The former powerful intelligence chief under Joseph Kabila’s presidency is at the crossroads of the justice system, wanting to hear him after several complaints are filed. His agency, the dreaded National Intelligence Agency (ANR), is regularly accused by human rights organizations of actively dismantling opponents of the Kabila regime.
as reported from Kinshasa, Pascal Mulegwa
One of the first presidential actions of Felix Tshisekedi in 2019 was to replace Kalev Mutondo at the helm of ANR. Since then, NGOs have called for justice to crack down on this figure who was untouchable under Kabila. Last Thursday, Kalev Mutondo was expected at the Palais de Justice by a judge from the General Prosecutor’s Office near the Kinshasa-Gombe Court of Appeal, but he did not respond to the summons.
“I’m waiting calmly,” Kalev Mutondo told Journalist, which assured over the weekend that he had not received his summons, which was already circulating in the media.
However, his entourage confirms that the summons was actually issued, stressing that the former intelligence chief can only be heard by the Kinshasa-Gombe Prosecution Service after the green light from his successor. This is also stipulated in the law. However, a security source believes that Kalev Mutondo can no longer trust this argument because he was already fired from ANR last year after being seen in a protest against Felix Tshisekedi.
Prosecutors in Gombe have in recent weeks registered at least five complaints about the former intelligence chief, who is already under US and European sanctions. The courts are particularly interested in two of the five complaints: those of former Lubumbashi president Jean Claude Muyambo and Cyrille Mumpapa, two fierce opponents of Joseph Kabila. They accuse the former director general of ANR of having imprisoned them for demanding the resignation of Joseph Kabila.
The charges in the charges are heavy: “physical and moral torture, arbitrary arrests, illegal detention, death threats and attempted murder.” Kalev Mutondo’s entourage is talking about a political-legal harshness, and they say they fear his arrest.
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