Latest reports announced by DRC President Felix Tshisekedi indicate that General Delphin Kahimbi, the former FARDC Deputy Chief of Staff in charge of military intelligence committed suicide and summarily ended his life.
“It turns out that it was a death by hanging ,” President Félix Tshisekedi announced to the Council of Ministers on Friday March 6th adding, that was the information in his possession.
David-Jolino Makelele, Minister of Communication and Media and spokesperson for the government announced it in the minutes of the Council of Ministers.
“In any event, the Head of State’s wish is that all these investigations end quickly in order to relieve the grieving family,” said Makalele.
President Tshisekedi also informed the members of the Council that he had decided to launch an independent investigation on the initiative of MONUSCO.
Prior to his death, the Directorate General of Migration (DGM) questioned General Delphin Kahimbi as he was about to fly to South Africa on Thursday 20 February.
After being questioned by the CNS, Kahimbi was “formally suspended” from his duties a few days later, and a formal presidential order was proceeding to make his removal official.
Kahimbi is said to be a relative of former President Joseph Kabila. Kahimbi was accused of concealing weapons and attempting to destabilise the country.
He was also suspected of having put the current government under surveillance.
According to insider info by the AfricanReport, Kahimbi’s dismissal, including; Gabriel Amisi Kumba, aka “Tango Four”, and John Numbi, was one of the demands Washington. U.S. Special Envoy for the Great Lakes, J. Peter Pham, made behind the scenes during his visit to Kinshasa on 10 – 13 February.