Kamwina Nsapu militiamen ransacked the major seminary of Malole in Kananga, in Central Kasai in the Democratic Republic of Congo.
"The militias systematically broke the doors of the rooms and destroyed
everything that was inside. They entered the teachers’ rooms and burned
their luggage", said the rector of the seminary, Father Richard Kitenge
to Radio Okapi.
After a clash that lasted an hour, the army managed to
free the seminary from the militiamen.
The incident took place on Saturday, February 18, the day before Pope
Francis launched his appeal, after the Angelus, for this Congolese
province, for months shocked by the violence of the followers of the
traditional late leader Kamwina Nsapu, killed in August by security
In a statement sent to Agenzia Fides the Bishop of Luiza, His Exc. Mgr.
Félicien Mwanama Galumbulula, had denounced "exceptional violence and
unimaginable atrocities against the population" committed by Kamwina
Nsapu militiamen in different places of his diocese in Central Kasai.
Even in the capital, Kinshasa, there was a serious act of vandalism
against the Catholic Church.
On Sunday, February 19 a dozen unknown
young people ransacked St. Dominic parish.
According to the testimony of
the pastor, the group was organized with backpacks in order to carry
and take away the objects they ransacked.
The Congolese government has
condemned the assault on the parish.