The body of Major General Delphin Kahimbi – former head of Intelligence in DRC may soon be retrieved from the mortuary and handed over to his family for burial, Taarifa has learned from reliable sources.
A legal and formal request has been presented to the Military Higha Court in Kinshasa “to allow the family of the late General Delphin Kahimbi Kasagwe to take possession of his body, preserved since February 28, 2020, at the morgue of the aforementioned hospital in order to proceed to his funeral.”
Our source said the request has been accepted and the director of the hospital where the body is currently being kept has taken oath for the release of the General’s body.
Delphin Kahimbi, 50, was former Deputy Chief of Military Intelligence. He died on February 28 at his home in Kinshasa.
There have been speculations about his death, with some alleging state conspiracy.
During the cabinet meeting held on Friday March 06, President Félix Tshisekedi and members of the cabinet decided to launch an independent investigation on the initiative of MONUSCO to find out the circumstances of the deaths of General Delphin Kahimbi.
“According to the information in my possession, it turns out that it was a death by hanging,” President Félix Tshisekedi told cabinet in March.
Maj. Gen. Kahimbi died the day he was meant to appear before the country’s Security Council to answer charges alleging that he was involved in a plot to destabilise President Félix Tshisekedi.
The General who was one of the most powerful figures during Joseph Kabila’s 18 years in power was also on an EU sanctions list for alleged human rights violations and hindering the democratic process.
In reaction to the death of Maj. Gen. Kahimbi, the United States envoy in Kinshasa said “as we have consistently said, those who are corrupt, commit violations of human rights, or disrupt the democratic process should be held accountable.”
The United States government, one of DRC’s entrenched ally and with historical involvement in the country’s domestic politics, has repeatedly asked President Tshisekedi to distance himself from his predecessor and introduce fundamental reforms.
In February, Peter Pham the US Special Envoy for the Great Lakes visited Kinshasa. He presented particular names of Congolese Military generals and asked President Tshisekedi to take action.
In April, President Tshisekedi met with his predecessor Joseph Kabila currently a senator for life- they had discussions which according to analysts aimed at making changes in the military.
A few days after their meetings, President Tshisekedi appointed Maj. Gen. Chiwewe Songe Christian as the Commander of the Republican Guard.
The President also promoted Kabi Kiriza Ephraime, formerly a Colonel, to the rank of Brigadier General and appointed him chief of staff of the Republican Guard.
Brigadier General Chico Tshitambwe Jérôme was placed in charge of operations and intelligence while Brig. Gen. Banza Milambwe was appointed deputy commander in charge of administration and logistics.