Journalists Killed  |  Democratic Republic of the Congo

Adolphe Missamba Ndengi Kavula


November 12, 1994, in Kasangulu, Democratic Republic of the Congo

Kavula, editor-in-chief and owner of the opposition newspaper Nsemo and a prominent member of the Union for Democracy and Social Progress, was kidnapped on October 28 by a group of men thought to be from the Presidential Militia. Ten days later, he was found barely alive in a field on his farm outside Kasangulu, 20 miles (30 kilometers) from Kinshasa. He appeared to have been badly tortured. He died in a Kinshasa clinic on November 12. An autopsy was not performed, but medical tests indicated that he may have been injected with a toxic substance. Zairian authorities claimed that Kavula's death was a suicide.

Medium: Print

Job: Editor

Beats Covered: Politics

Gender: Male

Local or Foreign: Local

Freelance: No

Type of Death: Murder

Suspected Source of Fire: Government Officials

Impunity: Yes

Taken Captive: Yes

Tortured: Yes

Threatened: No

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