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DRC MP Held For Allegedly Abusing President Kabila

Muhindo Nzangi, the MP for Lubero area in North Kivu Province, appeared on Monday before the Congolese Supreme Court of Justice, where he was charged with insulting President Kabila. It is alleged that while appearing on Radio Kivu in Goma city on Sunday, Nzangi made utterances which were prejudicial to the internal and external security of the state.
MP Muhindo Nzangi is under house arrest for allegedly insulting President Joseph Kabila on radio.
A legislator in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) has been arrested for allegedly abusing the country's President Joseph Kabila.

Muhindo Nzangi, the MP for Lubero area is now under house arrest. Nzangi appeared on Monday before the Congolese Supreme Court of Justice, where he was charged with insulting Kabila.  It is alleged that while appearing on Radio Kivu in Goma city on Sunday, Nzangi made utterances which were prejudicial to the internal and external security of the state.  

Prosecution also alleged that the utterances by the MP sparked a revolt in Goma, the restive regional town in the North Kivu Province. During the talk show, Nzangi talked about the ongoing conflict in the country and criticized government for failing resolve it peacefully. Shortly after, the talk show the MP was picked by government soldiers and flown to Kinshasha under tight security.

 However, Ravice Masenda, the lawyer for the MP blames the arrest on a misunderstanding. Masenda says the utterances by the legislator have been politicized.  He says when Nzangi appeared in court he was not allowed to defend himself against the allegations. Laurent Simon Ikenge, the spokesperson of Social Movement for Renewal- MSR party, where the opposition MP belongs, says they are going to do all they can to ensure justice prevails.

Goma has been the centre of fighting between the DRC government and the rebels of the M23 Movement, who picked up arms in April last year.

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