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Congo diplomats seek asylum

MARCH: Up to 400 Congolese people living in the UK marched to Downing Street on February 17

THREE SENIOR diplomats have left their Congolese embassy posts and have lodged asylum claims in London, it is being claimed.

The Guardian reported the three diplomats are Baby Kazadi Moussonzo, first secretary to the ambassador; Mamie Yaya Efunga, another first secretary; and Kabengele Mamba, second secretary.

The newspaper said in a statement, the three denounced their government, accusing it of presiding over a "climate of terror" where abductions, arrests and assassinations were taking place.

Official results from the November elections said President Kabila got 49 percent of the vote against 32 percent for main opposition candidate, Etienne Tshisekedi.

The resignations comes just days after about 400 Congolese living in the UK marched to Downing Street on February 17 to call for the UK’s help in ending violence in their country which has escalated since last November’s elections.

Many marchers claimed Tshisekedi is the right president.

“It is unfair that the world is quiet about what’s happening. Something needs to be done and it needs to be done now,” said Barthe Ngona, who organised the march.

He said: “…Millions of people have died. It’s worse than the persecution of the Jews or the World War 2 where six million died. Kabila must go.”

He added: “The British tax payer would not want to contribute to a president committing genocide on his people.”

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