Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Congolese man’s murder: Govt faces tough questions from African diplomats

The Indian government is facing tough questions from the African diplomatic community that has decided to stay away from this year’s Africa Day celebrations to protest against the murder of a Congolese national in Delhi and harassment of African students in various parts of the country.

Even as the Narendra Modi government seeks to woo the 54-nation African continent and wants more African students to study in India, heads of missions said they might ask their governments not to send new students.

Congo’s Masonda Ketada Oliver, 29, was beaten to death by three men around 11.30pm on Friday after an altercation over hiring an auto-rickshaw near Kishangarh village in Vasant Kunj area in south Delhi.

“The Group of African Heads of Mission have met and deliberated extensively on this latest incidence in the series of attacks to which members of the African community have been subjected to in the last several years,” a statement by Alem Tsehage Woldemariam, ambassador of Eritrea and the dean of the Group of African Heads of Mission, said late Tuesday night. “They strongly condemn the brutal killing of this African and call on the Indian government to take concrete steps to guarantee the safety and security of Africans in India.” Read more: