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DRC militia leader, 100 fighters surrender to authorities

13 October 2016, 08:26

Kinshasa - The  governor of the Democratic Republic of Congo's Haute-Katanga province says a warlord and militia leader who escaped prison has surrendered along with 100 of his fighters.

Governor Jean-Claude Kazembe said on Wednesday that Gedeon Kyungu Mutanga and the fighters turned themselves in to authorities in Malambwe, a locality about 70km from Lubumbashi.

He says the surrender is a result of long negotiations to put an end to insecurity in the area. He says they will enter the government's demobilisation and rehabilitation programme.

A local rights group has said criminal charges should not be dropped against Mutanga, and criticised any amnesty the militia leader might receive for the deal.

Mutanga was arrested in 2005 and sentenced to death. He escaped prison in 2011.

- AP


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