Kikwit, 10 August, 2022 / 9:05 pm (ACI Africa).
The search for those behind the shooting and killing of Fr. Godefroid Pembele Mandon in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) is ongoing, a security official in the country has said, and announced the arrest of some suspects who include a cousin of the late Catholic Priest.
“The first suspect we arrested was the cousin of the deceased Priest. He is under arrest with us,” Senior Superintendent Odon Kashala has been quoted as saying in a Tuesday, August 9 report referencing the August 7 killing of the Parish Priest of St. Matthew Murumba Parish of the Diocese of Kikwit.
“The other people we have arrested are still under investigation,” he said, and added, “We don't yet have confirmation of all these people; we can’t give you more details because we are still investigating.”
Fr. Pembele succumbed to gunshot following an attack on his Parish on the night of August 6-7 “by armed men at the Saint Joseph Mukasa in Kikwit”, the Vicar General of the Congolese Diocese, Fr. Kimwanga Francis, said in a statement.
He explained in the August 7 statement, “Fr. Pembele, who fiercely resisted his attackers, was shot at close range on the shoulder by these thugs who fled with goods and an undisclosed amount of money.”