In Kasindi, North Kivu Province, soldiers of the United Nations Organization Stabilization Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (MONUSCO) opened fire while returning to their homeland.
Reports said that UN peacekeepers had killed two people and wounded several others.
.@antonioguterres outraged by a serious incident that took place this morning in Kasindi, on the border of the Democratic Republic of the Congo and Uganda, in which @MONUSCO servicemen opened fire while returning to the DRC after leaving their homeland. https://t.co/CS35CaJ40D
– UN Spokesperson (@UN_Spokes Person) July 31, 2022
“The Secretary-General is both saddened and dismayed by the loss of life and serious injury in this incident,” statement issued by Farhan Haq said.
Mr. Guterres also extended his deepest condolences to the affected families, the people of the country and the Government of the Congo, and wished the injured a speedy recovery.
In a statement, MONUSCO Special Representative and Chief, Bintou Keita, said that soldiers from the MONUSCO Intervention Brigade opened fire on the border post for “unexplained reasons”.
“This serious incident has resulted in loss of life and serious injuries,” she added.
Ms. Keita also sent her deepest condolences to the families of the victims and wished the injured a speedy recovery.
Meanwhile, the Secretary-General stressed the need to “establish accountability for these events”.
The United Nations has established a link with the country of origin of the peacekeeping force, with the aim of “expediting judicial proceedings with the participation of victims and witnesses so that legal proceedings can be brought forward.” appropriate sanctions”.
Describing the soldiers’ behavior as “unspeakable and irresponsible”, the MONUSCO chief said that the perpetrators had been identified and arrested – pending the conclusion of an investigation that has already been started. with the coordination of the Congolese authorities.
The Secretary-General welcomed the decision to arrest the MONUSCO peacekeepers involved and immediately opened an investigation.