Kinshasa, 08 May, 2023 / 8:45 pm (ACI Africa).
St. Francis of Paola Parish of the Archdiocese of Kinshasa in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) is losing its members to a group of individuals claiming to prevent the sale of community land.
When Fr. Patrick Lonkoy Bolengu, the Assistant Parish Priest of St. Francis of Paola Parish spoke to ACI Africa, he said that the Parish was preparing for the burial of a young man who had been killed by the infamous “Mobondo”, a group that has been on a killing spree in Plateau de Bateke where the Parish is located in the Eastern part of Kinshasa.
“The past few months have been extremely difficult for us. We keep losing our people to this group (Mobondo). Our young people, especially innocent motorbike riders are the most targeted. Last week, we lost a young person to the killers,” Fr. Bolengu said in the Monday, May 8 interview.
The member of the Mill Hill Missionaries (MHM) explained that Mobondo has come up strongly against the “Mfumu”, the elderly people who are selling community land at “throw-away” prices to city-based billionaires.
He said that although the Mobondo has good intentions, they have gone rogue and are now completely out of control.