Agence D’Information D’Afrique Centrale

Martin Enyimo,
June 4, 2018

Prime Minister Bruno Tshibala recently granted a hearing to the Haut-Lomami
MP, Paul Ngoy Nsenga Binthelu, who came to present him with a report of the
commission he chairs, a commission set up by the Provincial Assembly to
assess the considerable damage caused by wandering elephants several weeks
earlier in the territory of Malemba-Nkulu (north of the Upemba National Park in south-east DRC].

While this situation is still on the table of the head of the national
government who had subscribed for an urgent intervention in favor of the
population victim of the damage caused by these elephants, this elected
representative of the people indicated that two other herds of a hundred
wandering elephants, on June 2 and June 3, caused other major damage in the
same territory of Malemba-Nkulu, in the chiefdom of Kayumba.

This included the villages of Bangwe, Kasenga, Mondwe Mukubu, Kitwia and on
the left bank, as well as in the Mwanza sector, specifically in Seya.

The population suffered huge losses with destroyed fields. Coming from
Upemba National Park, the pachyderms have invaded several villages.

Consequence: massive displacements of the population. In addition, children
are dropping out of school,  in search of safe shelters, with their
parents, for safety. “The game wardens of the Congolese Institute for the
Conservation of Nature cannot be found to drive these animals back into the
park,” said Paul Ngoy Nsenga Binthelu.

The member fears for the population who is already experiencing serious
difficulties, threatened by precariousness and by a social, humanitarian
and health disaster that could survive in this part of the national
territory, since the sources of income of this corner of the country have
been totally devastated by elephants.

The ball is in the camp of the government of the Republic in order to bring
back security and tranquility to the population through an urgent and
effective intervention.

Rehabilitation of Roads

In another chapter, Paul Ngoy Nsenga paid a working visit to Lubumbashi to
Oscar Mioka wa Sikatenda, coordinator of the Provincial Direction for
Agricultural Roads. He had told her about 1,187 priority kms of the
agricultural road network to be rehabilitated in Upper Lomami, after the
evaluation mission carried out in 2017 by the Provincial Directorate of
Agricultural Roads which is under the supervision of the Provincial
Coordination of Service from the National Ministry of Sustainable
Development. It is 117 km to Malemba-Nkulu, 421 km and twenty-six bridges
in the territory of Kamina, 279 km and sixteen bridges in the territory of
Kabongo, 225 km and thirteen bridges in the territory of Kaniama and of 87
km and nine bridges in the territory of Bukama. It should be noted that
this division is responsible for the construction,

And staying in Kinshasa, the elected representative of the people sent to
the Director General, Medard Ilunga Mwanga, the Congolese Agency of major
works, the situation of priority roads concerned by this rehabilitation. It
was during a working session. The latter reassured the MLA on the ongoing
launch of the work. “The opening up by the rehabilitation and the
maintenance of the roads will slow down the rural exodus of the population
by the creation of jobs in these territories of High-Lomami”, said Paul
Ngoy Nsenga Binthelu in an exclusive interview to the Courrier of Kinshasa.

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