The Congolese Government has decided to continue the hunt for ‘Kulunas‘, but will now do so under a new operational name, a decision welcomed by the population.
It was during a recent meeting of the Cabinet chaired by Prime Minister Matata Ponyo that the Ministry of the Interior and Security presented an assessment of the operation and control report ‘Likofi‘ conducted in 2014 against the ‘Kulunas’.
This police operation was included in a dual context: that of public safety and major adjustment to the basic principles of the new doctrine of policing. It was based in particular on proximity, partnership, prevention, problem solving, accountability and respect for human rights.
Below is an extract from the minutes of the cabinet read by the Minister of Media, Lambert Mende, “After debate and deliberation, the Council of Ministers approved the report and recommended:
the continued operation of stalking ‘kulunas’ under a new name and the updating of its operational plan, while taking strict compliance with the provisions thereof in its implementation;
establishing an independent operational command with the human, logistical and adequate infrastructure
the implementation of judicial procedure of flagrante delicto and creating special rooms for juvenile courts in the context of this operation;
systematization of assessments by the General Inspection of the Congolese National Police at the end of each major operation;
the establishment of community police units throughout the national territory
Thus, the new decision taken by the Government to revive the hunt for ‘Kulunas’ is deemed beneficial by the population, which continues to decry the resurgence of the phenomenon ‘Kuluna’ in the different municipalities of the capital. This time Kinshasa hopes that the authorities will definitively end this scourge that ruins society.
Darell Maurice is a Journalist based in the Democratic Republic of Congo’s capital city Kinshasa and works for Canal7kintv. He also blogs here.