At least three people were shot dead by elements of the Presidential Guard disguised as soldiers of the Congolese army (FARDC) on Tuesday in the Ndjili township of Kinshasa, the capital of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), where President Joseph Kabila has refused to step down on December 19, the date that marks the end of his 15-year rule in power.
The reliable Politico.cd has reported that its correspondent saw at least three dead bodies being transported by angry demonstrators.
Some anti-Kabila protesters were also seriously injured as the violence begins to get nasty in this troubled city of 12 million people, who have vowed to sacrify their lives to ‘chase’ Kabila out of power.
In Lubumbashi, the country’s second-largest city located in the south-east, demonstrators have also been seen fighting street battles with security forces in the Matshipisa township, and reports said there were many people dead and wounded in that confrontation. The dead include a 16-year-old high school girl.
All attempts to confirm these reports with other independent sources in the DRC have failed, as the internet and social networks have been blocked by authorities.
Watch this space!
Photo: A Presidential Guard element disguised as a FARDC soldier lies dead in the streets after being attacked by the mob in Kinshasa.