Arms cache discovered in Kinshasa

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Two trunks of weapons have been discovered in Limete District in the Congolese capital, Kinshasa, the Congolese National Police (CNP) said on Tuesday.

According to the police, a woman tilling her land discovered the trunks and alerted passers-by who informed the police.

A month ago, arm caches were discovered in a farm in Kimwenza in the commune of Mont Ngafula, west of the commune of Lingwala, in central Kinshasa.

Meanwhile, a Congolese non-governmental organization, PAREC, has initiated an operation to retrieve arms from the public called “Arm against US$100” under which each arm holder hands over the weapon in exchange of money.

The operation which began last Saturday in Kinshasa will continue for several weeks in the Congolese capital.

These arms are generally owned by deserters of the Armed Forces of DRC (FARDC), the national police, the former rebel forces of the Congolese Rally for Democracy or the Movement for the Liberation of Congo (MLC).

DRC has been undergoing a long-running armed conflict for more than a decade, which has seen the proliferation of arms and mass graves.

One of the most important mass graves, which has just been discovered in Bukavu in the province of South-Kivu, has no less than 1,000 corpses dating back, according to initial assessment, to the 1990s, when the country was split between the armed forces and MLC.

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