The European Union said it was “worried” about the smear campaign and threats against Mr. Robert Muir, the Director General of the Upemba Park and Provincial Director of the Congolese Institute for Conservation (ICCN).
Indeed, for several months a campaign of defamation and threat has been organized against ICCN agents who are not from the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
In the same context, the EU says in favor of the investigation into the allegations of the spoliation of the Upemba park, in the province of Haut-Katanga (DRC).
“We are ready to continue the dialogue and the discussion on the subject, we welcome the decision taken by the ICCN, with the CorPPN to conduct a field investigation on the facts, on what is happening in the Upemba park. We are very worried about the smear campaign, the threats that the Director General of Upemba National Park is currently receiving, which is the subject of real threats and defamation. We are very much in favor of this independent investigation to truly establish the facts ”, said Jean-Marc Châtaigner, EU Ambassador to the DRC, in an interview with ACTUALITE.CD
According to the NGO Justicia ASBL which condemns this campaign of manipulation and instrumentalization of the population against the leaders of the ICCN, people who, supposedly, sent by the company Kipay Energy, during the night would have distributed the money to a certain category to make it virulent.
”Indeed, this Monday March 15, a protest march was organized in the locality of Kyubo, more than 200 kilometers from Lubumbashi by people who, supposedly, sent by the company Kipay Energy, in the night and who would have distributed the money to a certain category to make it virulent. The organizations of the march, among which the agents of Kipay Energy express their dissatisfaction with what they consider as blocking the construction of a hydroelectric dam on a space belonging to the Upemba National Park “, specifies this structure of the company, in a press release of Monday, March 15, 2021, a copy of which has reached DESKNATURE.COM