Journalists Killed in 2014 - Motive Confirmed: Germain Kennedy Mumbere Muliwavyo

Radio Télévision Muungano
February 16, 2014, in Oïcha, Democratic Republic of the Congo

Muliwavyo, 28, died of gunshot wounds he sustained after the Congolese military vehicle he was riding was ambushed in North Kivu by the Allied Democratic Forces, a Ugandan rebel group operating in eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo, according to news reports.

Muliwavyo, a reporter of the Radio Télévision Muungano station based in the town of Oïcha, was headed to report on the village of Kamango, which the Congolese national armed forces had retaken from Ugandan rebels the day before, according to Congolese press freedom group Journaliste En Danger (JED). Congolese troops have moved to drive out Ugandan rebels from their hideouts in the eastern part of the country since mid-January 2014, according to news reports.

Muliwavyo was riding the military vehicle with two other reporters, Mitterand Hangi, also of Radio Télévision Muungano, and Patient Subiri of Radio Télévision Rwanzururu, a community radio station based in the city of Beni. Both were wounded in the shootout but survived with non-life-threatening injuries, The Associated Press reported.

Medium: Radio, Television
Job: Broadcast Reporter
Beats Covered: Politics, War
Gender: Male
Local or Foreign: Local
Freelance: No
Type of Death: Crossfire/Combat-Related
Suspected Source of Fire: Political Group

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