Twenty people died in clashes in central Kasai region of Congo

Vastavam web: Vastavam web: Twenty people died in ethnic clashes last week in the troubled central Kasai region of Democratic Republic of Congo, the United Nations said today.The UN’s DR Congo mission, MONUSCO, said in a statement that the clashes took place on April 19 east of the Kasai capital, Tshikapa, between members of the Lulua-Luba and Chowe-Pende communities, killing 20 Chowe-Pende people.

The latter claim their authority from chief Kamwina Nsapu who was killed in the region in August 2016 by police after a rebellion against the Congolese authorities.Kasai has since been shaken by violence between security forces and militias in which around 100 people died, including two UN experts – American Michael Sharp and dual Swedish- Chilean national Zaida Catalan.