DRC’s President Felix Tshisekedi has ordered all the Congolese nationals to pay tribute to Sergeant Daniel Basoluwa Miuki a World War II veteran that passed away on Wednesday at the age of 95.
There have been only two world war veterans in DRC. Sgt. Basoluwa Miuki took his last breath at the dispensary of the Veterans of Gambela, in the commune of Kasa-Vubu.
During a cabinet meeting held on Friday May 15th chaired by President Tshisekedi also Commander-in-Chief of the Congolese Armed forces, it was resolved that the gallant veteran Sergeant Basoluwa be accorded the honours he deserves.
The cabinet meeting held via videoconferencing, President Tshisekedi insisted that the entire Nation pays special tribute to one of the last survivors of the 2nd World War.
Sergeant Daniel Basoluwa Miuki was a fighter in the Public Force during the 2nd World War, 1940-1945 and one of the heroes of the film “The Shadow of the Forgotten”.
Albert Kunyuku Ngoma Still Alive
Albert Kunyuku Ngoma at the age 97 remains the only surviving Congolese that fought in World War II.
Ngoma says that he was a young Congolese corporal in the colonial Belgian army when he was forced to battle in WWII as far away as Myanmar.
Their efforts did not go without notice and national honour. They have been a source of pride to the Congolese people. They are praised as “living monuments” of Congolese history.
Coporal Albert Kunyuku Ngoma and Sergeant Daniel Basoluwa Miuki were both honoured in a documentary film “The Shadow of the Forgotten”.
“In the trenches in Burma, we saw Belgian officers fall to enemy bullets,” Ngoma said. “It was a real shock for us.”
American troops were not great shots, he recalls, but praised the combat skills of the Japanese, Chinese and Korean troops on the ground.
The two veterans served in the Public Force formed as a military unit when Belgium’s King Leopold II controlled the colony.
During their documentary filming, the two veterans said Both remember the racial segregation they had to face even as they fought shoulder to shoulder with the Belgians.
“We were like slaves, because it was Belgium that brought us into this war. We could not say anything,” Ngoma said.
However, “When the bombs began to fall, white and black would die the same way,” Miuki a former infantry nurse said recently before he death.
“France still takes care of Second World War veterans from its former colonies, and their heirs,” Ngoma said.
Congolese soldiers never received any compensation from the countries for whom they fought in 1940-45, according to a complaint filed in 2018 in the DR Congo by seven children of ex-combatants from the Public Force.
They accuse the former colonial power as well as France, Britain and the United States of neglecting their parents and claimed more than $7 million (6.3 million euros), according to the Belgian Ministry of Defense.
The case was in court late last year, but no judgement has been made.
“I wanted to pay tribute to those who gave their all, not only for the Congo but in the World War,” said Voto, the documentary director.
“I wanted them to be rewarded morally. When I spoke with them, I was disappointed to learn that they have never been recognised by Belgium.”