More than three years after the murder of two UN experts in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, one of the suspects was arrested. This was announced by the head of the military prosecutor's office in the province of Kasaï-Central, Jean-Blaise Bwamulundu. Accordingly, Trésor Mputu Kankonde was caught after a three-year search. The suspect is now being questioned about the murder and other allegations.
On March 12, 2017, US citizen Michael Sharp and Swede Zaida Catalan and their four Congolese escorts were murdered in Kasaï-Central while investigating fatal assaults in the region for the UN. According to Bwamulundu, the authorities had tried several times to arrest Trésor Mputu, but he repeatedly escaped. Therefore, the murder trial on June 5, 2017, had not progressed well.
According to information from Conoglesian security circles, Trésor Mputu was in the process of reorganizing the Kamuina Nsapu militia when he was arrested. In mid-May, the UN mission to the Congo (Monusco) warned that militia recruits would be increasingly recruited in the Kasaï region. In the ongoing fighting between Kamuina Nsapu and security forces since 2016, 3,400 people have been killed and thousands more displaced.