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Democratic Republic of Congo: Ethnic Groups

Volume 474: debated on Thursday 24 April 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment his Department has made of the (a) nature and (b) activity of the Bundu dia Kongo in the Bas-Congo province of Democratic Republic of the Congo; and if he will make a statement. (199210)

The Bundu dia Kongo is a politico-religious movement established to represent the ethnic Kongo population in western Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and the wider region. It provides cultural and educational support and a political voice for its members. However, elements within the Bundu dia Kongo have become militant and turned to violent means to further their cause. The Bundu dia Kongo poses unacceptable challenges to some state institutions in the DRC.

The Government support the statement issued by the EU on 17 March 2008, which called for the authority of the state to be upheld and for talks between the DRC Government and Bundu dia Kongo's political leaders. We wish to see multi-party democracy with space for the opposition in the DRC, underpinned by the rule of law and effective institutions.