In the DRC, just seven years ago, the founder of the human rights NGO, Voice of the Voices Floribert Chebeya was found dead in his car and his driver Fidèle Bazana missing. Today, their assassins are still running and the suspect number one, General John Numbi, then Inspector General of Police, was never worried. Activists paid tribute to them on Thursday 1 June.
A moving ceremony at the Mbeseke-Futi cemetery. The crowd is gathered around the tomb of Floribert Chebeya. Prayers and testimonies follow.
First to speak, Adelaïde Chebeya, the eldest of the Chebeya family, is calling for a real trial: “This is an opportunity to denounce the Congolese state’s incapacity and demand its involvement”.
The other victim, Fidèle Bazana, has no burial. His body has never been found. A member of the family claims the restitution of the corpse. Rostin Manketa, the new Executive Director of the Voice of the Voiceless, says he is confident that one day the ruling will be delivered. “We are hopeful that even if the Congolese state refuses to do justice to Floribert Chebeya, sooner or later, this justice will be rendered at the regional or international level,” he hopes.
For Christopher Ngoyi Mutamba, a human rights activist arrested several times with Floribert Chebeya, the Congolese people are determined to free themselves: “The sacrifice you have made continues to animate more than one Congolese, all of whom are committed to total liberation Of our country. “