CONGO: Ex-rebel leader renounces violence ahead of polls

Congo’s former rebel leader, Frédéric Bintsangou, alias Pastor Ntoumi, has renounced violence and vowed to work for the strengthening of peace and democracy two weeks before legislative elections in which his former armed group will participate. “I am not a bandit, neither am I a barbarian or a turncoat,” said Ntoumi during a ceremony on 8 June to destroy weapons used by his Ninja militia during the civil war. The rebels transformed themselves into a political party this year. “I will keep my word. I will play my part in the institutions so that we can maintain peace together,” he said. Full Story

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