December 30, 2013
Shoot out in Lshi, in the neighborhood of the "Quartier Kabulameshi". Shoot out begins in Kinshasa, the capital city of D R Congo, at 8:00am, a couple of thousands of kilometers north west of Lshi. It takes place at the national radio station, at the Tshatshi military camp and at the Ndjili airport. Wearing white t-shirts, the group of young people claims to act on behalf of a political, religious leader and a 2006 defeated presidential candidate, Mr. Mukungubila. News spread fast thanks to digital age and within an hour (it is about 10:00 in Lubumbashi due to time zone difference), police officers go to a target house belonging to Mr. mukungubila in Kabulameshi to check it out. There were quite a number of people at the residence. Two officers get shot and die instantly. Police calls reinforcement in. The Republican guards move in and the shoot out begins. I'm sitting in an office about three miles away from the targeted area when I hear automatic weapons echoing in the air. By noon, truck loads of soldiers are deploying in strategic places such as the airport, the radio and TV station and other public offices. A Waza board member and I are sharing lunch at noon, a few miles east of Kabulameshi when we hear canon explosions. I get instruction from a family member to return home immediately. First I drive the board member to his home, then return safely. The army was successfully able to flush out the members of this church and followers of their politically engaged pastor and a 2006 unsuccessful presidential candidate.
By 4:00pm, all weapons go quiet, not without heavy casualties. About 40 people are reported dead in Lubumbashi alone. The whole operation appears to be more targeting than random shooting.