DR Congo: Martyr of Fight Against Corruption on Way to Sainthood
Fifteen years have passed since the murder of Floribert Bwana Chui in Goma. His corpse was found on 8 July 2007. He was atrociously tortured and killed: the manner suggests that his murder was meant to be a warning to others who could follow his example.
What was his fault?
Floribert was a young member of the Community of Sant’Egidio. He was a customs officer of the Office Congolais de Contrôle (Occ), the Congolese agency that checks the quality of the goods which go through Congo. In his capacity of ‘claim agent’ in Goma, some month before he had to impound and destroy shipments of damaged foodstuffs, rise in particular. He revealed that he had been offered bribes in order to let damaged foodstuff pass. The consumption of that food would have been dangerous for the people and so he refused. Such refusal to succumb to corruption was the reason of his death.