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Cablegate: Death of Kinshasa Provincial Assembly Vice President And

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P 081547Z JUL 08
FM AMEMBASSY KINSHASA
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UNCLAS KINSHASA 000569

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E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: PHUM PGOV PREL KDEM CG
SUBJECT: DEATH OF KINSHASA PROVINCIAL ASSEMBLY VICE PRESIDENT AND
MLC MEMBER DANIEL BOTETI LOLEKE

1. (SBU) Summary: The vice-president of the Kinshasa provincial
legislature, a member of the main opposition party "Mouvement pour
la Liberation du Congo (MLC)" was killed at a roadblock early July 6
in the Ma Campagne quarter of Kinshasa. Four men have been detained
by the national police in connection with the attack. MLC
leadership has suspended its participation in the national assembly,
Senate, and provincial assemblies and called on the Government to
investigate Republican Guard (presidential guard) units in the Ma
Compagne area. The shooting occurred near the location of the May
2008 attack that wounded Senator Adolphe Onusumba. End Summary.

2. (SBU) MLC provincial deputy and vice president of the Kinshasa
provincial assembly Daniel Boteti Loleke of Equateur died from
gunshot wounds sustained early on July 6 as he was returning home
from a wedding ceremony. Kinshasa provincial assembly deputy Martin
Fayulu and Boteti personal assistant Cito Mondombele told us July 7
that Boteti was driving home with a bodyguard when the car
approached a large rock in the road in Ma Campagne. Boteti stopped
the car, and the bodyguard exited the vehicle to move the obstacle.
Armed men in military uniforms approached the vehicle and there was
an exchange of gunfire between the bodyguard and assailants,
injuring one attacker. The identity and affiliation of the
attackers has not been confirmed, although the MLC suspects elements
of the Republican Guard (the President's own protective service).
Boteti attempted to flee and his body was found approximately 100
meters from the car with multiple gunshot wounds.

3. (SBU) The police inspector for the city of Kinshasa, General
Jean de Dieu Oleko, ordered an investigation and four suspects have
been detained. He also attributed the frequency of attacks in the
location (close to the where Senator Adolphe Onusumba was attacked
in May 2008) as a function of the geography of the road that is well
suited to ambush.

4. (SBU) Francois Muamba, Secretary General of the MLC, called July
6 for the removal of Republican Guard units from Ma Campagne,
investigation and prosecution of the suspects, and accountability
for those in the chain of command. Muamba suspended MLC
participation in the national assembly, Senate, and provincial
assemblies indefinitely until the Government opens an investigation
of the Republican Guard units. Roger Lumbala of the opposition
party RCD-N (Rassemblement congolais pour la democratie - National
in French) called for fair and balanced pursuit of justice.

5. (SBU) According Mondombele, Boteti was at loggerheads with the
president of the provincial assembly and MLC member Roger Nsingi.
The latter is currently under a pending resignation order from MLC
leadership, following a controversial order he signed two months ago
for a provincial deputy to question a Lebanese businessman. The
assistant said that Nsingi viewed Boteti as a possible successor.

6. (SBU) Comment: The similarity of the Onusumba and Boteti
shootings undermines tenuous claims that security is not a problem
in areas of Kinshasa patrolled by the Republican Guard. The MLC's
insistence on the involvement of Republican Guard units and
insistence that this force be singled out for an investigation
represents an attempt to gain political advantage by accusing
President Kabila and his forces even before an investigation is
opened. The threat of public disclosure of an MLC rift between
Nsingi and Boteti could drive the MLC insistence on investigation of
the Republican Guard units. We note finally that the absence of the
MLC in parliamentary deliberations during the current special
session of the national Parliament may delay the adoption of
critical decentralization legislation. End comment.

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