President of DRC, Felix Antoine Tshisekedi on Monday led hundreds of Congolese mourners at the burial of Judge Raphaël Yanyi Ovungu who died mysteriously while presiding over the country’s largest fraud case.
Judge Ovungu died in tragic conditions on the night of May 26th, 2020 after serving 11 years in the DRC’s judiciary.
His death came after he had just presided over the second hearing in the so-called 100-day trial, between the prosecution and the chief of staff of the President, Vital Kamerhe. He was accused of embezzlement of public funds.
A few days after the death of judge Yanyi, his body had been autopsied, at the request of the Minister of Justice and the family of the deceased. The results made public revealed that the judge had not died of natural causes. Investigations are ongoing.
The Kinshasa Gombe Court of Appeal, of which he was posthumously appointed first President, took note of the death of judge Yanyi; she released her from her statutory oath and ordered her burial.
Promoted and decorated Posthumously by presidential ordinance, Magistrate Yanyi Ovungu received the Medal of Knight in the National Order of National Heroes Kabila-Lumumba.
Magistrate Yanyi also received tributes from the judiciary through a solemn hearing organised in the morning on the spot.
One of his children had a funeral oration in her, said her father showed no signs of discomfort.
“Your death is a big blow to us. Dear Daddy, you make the soul stand up. You wanted our country to change. You were fighting against an invisible enemy, the mafia, corruption, influence peddling. You leave the idea of a judge with integrity to the Congolese nation, “said one of his sons, who added,” a good sun never lasts.”
“You die today Martyr of democracy and the rule of law. Magistrate in the high sense of self-denial. Your death is unnatural because you showed no signs of being unwell. The Republic will not let this crime go unpunished,” he added.