Veteran Congolese politician Pierre Lumbi, once an advisor to former President Joseph Kabila and latterly a leading opposition figure, died on Sunday, friends, and allies said, becoming the country’s most high profile victim of the new coronavirus.
A prominent member of civil society in the 1990s, Lumbi held several ministerial portfolios before advising Kabila on security.
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In 2016, he was elected as a senator for South Kivu province and worked as campaign manager for Martin Fayulu in his bid to win the 2018 election.
“Very saddened by the death of Senator P. Lumbi,” Fayulu said on Twitter.
His family said he died from the coronavirus at the Centre Medical Kinshasa hospital in Congo’s capital, according to local media. The Democratic Republic of Congo has recorded 4 478 coronavirus cases with 107 deaths.
“Very sad to learn about the death due to #Covid19 of Pierre Lumbi,” Ida Sawyer, Deputy Africa Director at Human Rights Watch, said on Twitter. “I have fond memories of many engaging conversations with him over the years. Condolences to his family and friends.”