today posted a report from Reuters that police in the Democratic
Republic of Congo have arrested two soldiers suspected of killing a
journalist working for United Nations-sponsored Radio Okapi in the
violent eastern Congo. MONUC is the UN sponsored peace-keeping mission
in DRC. The report originated from Kinshahsa.
Serge Maheshe, a broadcaster for Radio Okapi since 2002, a nationwide radio network set up to aid the peace process in Congo after the 1998-2003 war, was shot on Wednesday in the South Kivu provincial capital of Bukavu. He has a wife and two children.
Maheshe, a respected journalist, had received death threats before, but U.N. officials said on Friday they still did not know if he was killed because of his work as a journalist.
have no evidence one way or the other. We know, at one time, he had a
brush with the military but that seems to have been a personal dispute
that escalated. We cannot yet say if it was politically motivated,"
Kemal Saiki, spokesman for the U.N. mission in Congo, said.
was the third journalist murdered in the former Belgian colony since
2005. Maheshe had in the past been involved in a dispute with members
of the military, it was rumored.
"The police tracked down the group of assassins and seized the weapons used in the killing," General Gaston Luzembo, the police chief inspector for South Kivu, told Reuters.