Military police arrested civil police in the Congo Republic, Jan 17. It happened at the?
Military police arrested civil police in the Congo Republic, Jan 17. It happened at the Lufungula Camp in Leopoldville... in front of other assembled police based at the camp. Presiding over the proceedings were Joseph Kulumba, Minister of the Interior for Leopoldville State, and the Mayor of Leopoldville, Daniel Kanza.
Mr. Kulumba said the behaviour of the civil police had gone from bad to worse and they were only interested in politics. They had secured a salary increase by dishonest means. He told them: "In the days of colonialism, nothing like this has ever happened."
Thirty names were then read out by the Mayor. These policemen were guilty of insolence towards superiors and acts of violence, he said. They would be dismissed from the corps, jailed for an unspecified time and bannished from Leopoldville.
The 30 men concerned then surrendered their fire-arms, caps and belts ... watched by anxious relatives. Gendarmes armed with rifles threatened to shoot if they would not stop arguing and go calmly in a truck to the local prison. With not much option, they complied.