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LA FEMME MARIEE SOUVENT VICTIME DANS LE PROBLEME DE LOYER

A l'absence du conjoint, la femme est le plus souvent victime dans le problème de loyer, un jour très tôt le matin a l'absence du conjoint, un agent de l'ordre s'est introduit dans mon domicile avec un mandat d'amener qui avait le nom de mon conjoint. En refusant d'y répondre a la place de mon mari qui est le chef du menage, le policier m'avait brandit son pistolet prêt a ouvrir le feu qu'un voisin militaire vient intervenir en suppliant le policier. Amener dans une poste de la police en vile, âpres m'avoir écouté, on a constante qu'une somme d'argent équivalent a six mois de loyer était déposé chez le chef du quartier. Le bailleur refusait l'argent car il voulait que son locataire lui donne un montant de 300 dollar couvrant 12 mois de garantie de frais de bail. J’avais téléphoner a mon mari qui a son tour signalant a un agent de la MONUSCO charger de la sécurité de civiles qui a intervenu en signifiant au commissaire de la police que le problème entre bailleur et locateur reste un problème civil et ne peut pas être trancher par la police; et que c'est une faute grave de brandir a quelqu'un l'arme a feu. C’est ainsi que comme conjointe j'ai échappé à la mort avec justesse et pourtant innocente dans l'affaire.

English translation by PulseWire member ngalula

MARRIED WOMEN OFTEN THE VICTIM OF PROBLEM RELATED TO THE RENT

In the absence of a spouse, the woman in most cases becomes the victim of problems related to the rent. One day early in the morning when my husband was not there, an officer of the Order came into my house with a warrant that had the name of my spouse on it. When I refused to respond for my husband who is the head of the household, the officer drew his gun to me. He was ready to open fire when a neighbor who’s a soldier intervened begging the policeman. They then brought me at the police station in the city centre, where after listening to me they discovered there was already a sum of money equivalent to six months of rent filed to the Chief. But the landlord refused the money because he wanted us to give him a $300 dollar sum to cover 12 months warranty lease fees. I then called my husband who signaled the situation to an agent in charge of the MONUSCO civilian security. He intervened explaining the police commissioner that the problem between the owner of the house and the landlord is a civil problem and cannot be managed by the police and that is a serious hazard for someone handle a firearm. This is how I escaped death despite being totally stranger to the matter.

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ngalula's picture

TRANSLATION

MARRIED WOMEN OFTEN THE VICTIM OF PROBLEM RELATED TO THE RENT
In the absence of a spouse, the woman in most cases becomes the victim of problems related to the rent. One day early in the morning when my husband was not there, an officer of the Order came into my house with a warrant that had the name of my spouse on it. When I refused to respond for my husband who is the head of the household, the officer drew his gun to me. He was ready to open fire when a neighbor who’s a soldier intervened begging the policeman. They then brought me at the police station in the city centre, where after listening to me they discovered there was already a sum of money equivalent to six months of rent filed to the Chief. But the landlord refused the money because he wanted us to give him a $300 dollar sum to cover 12 months warranty lease fees. I then called my husband who signaled the situation to an agent in charge of the MONUSCO civilian security. He intervened explaining the police commissioner that the problem between the owner of the house and the landlord is a civil problem and cannot be managed by the police and that is a serious hazard for someone handle a firearm. This is how I escaped death despite being totally stranger to the matter.

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Ali Shahidy's picture

That's crazy!

Dear Wakenge,

That sounds really insane. How can an armed police officer takes the life of someone who is completely irrelevant to the subject matter? Oh my God!!! Is the gun use that common or murdering someone that easy in your community? Just because you rejected to speak for your husband about a building rental? That police officer must be really insane.

This is miserable. You have survived really a big risk and those insane men should be educated.

Thanks for sharing

Ali Shahidy

Katie Welford's picture

What an unfair situation

Dear Wakenge,

Thanks for sharing this situation, which sounds like it was really awful. Is this a common occurrence in DRC? How do you think situations like this can be avoided? Do you think more transparent systems where police visits are properly logged would help? What about more official rent procedures? I am glad that the situation ended well, and I hope this doesn't happen to you again. Is there a women's support group you can find to stand behind you in situations like this?

Take good care,

Katie

Luyimbazi Nalukoola's picture

The event is regrettable, I

The event is regrettable, I am so sympathetic to you. The police constable's actions were highhanded and un warranted. In my view he committed assault should the penal code in your country be providing for that offense, in alternative, you can as well sustain a cause of action in a tort of trespass to a person(specifically in assault) against that police officer. He cannot ably raise a defense that he had been ordered by his superiors because such can only be a sufficient defense if the orders being executed are lawful but for your case the constable's actions were irrational, irregular and unlawful, whether the matter was civil or criminal in nature. And besides, such civil matters do not call for involvement of police save in exceptional circumstances like in execution of court judgements and decrees. Is it possible for you to access legal services in your country?

Luyimbazi Nalukoola

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