BUNIA, CONGO – A Congolese radio host involved in the fight against Ebola has been killed at his home in the northeast Ituri region of Democratic Republic of Congo, the army said Sunday.
The unidentified attackers got into his home at Lwemba, killed him, wounded his wife and burned down their house, Gen. Robert Yav told AFP, speaking from Mamabasa, in Ituri.
Professor Steve Ahuka, national coordinator of the fight against Ebola, confirmed that a local worker involved in the fight against Ebola in Lwemba had been killed.
A journalist at Radio Lwemba, the local radio station where he worked, confirmed the details.
“Our colleague Papy Mumbere Mahamba, has been killed at his home by unknown attackers …,” who had stabbed him to death, Jacques Kamwina told AFP.
“He was coming home from the radio where he had done a show on the fight against Ebola,” he added.
Congo declared an Ebola epidemic in August 2018 in the eastern provinces of North Kivu, South Kivu and Ituri, that border Uganda, Rwanda and Burundi. The outbreak has so far killed 2,185 people, according to the latest official figures.
Containment efforts have been hindered by the conflict in eastern Congo, as well as attacks on health workers tackling Ebola in a population where mistrust of outsiders and superstition is rife.
It is the DRC’s 10th Ebola epidemic, and the deadliest outbreak since a West Africa outbreak in 2014-2016 that claimed more than 11,300 lives.