Monday, 4 April 2011, a plane of the UN mission to DRCongo, Monusco, crashed on landing at the Kinshasa airport, N’djili. Thirty-three people lost their lives and among them, Mendes Masudi, who was Vice Governor of Maniema Province in 2009.
As vice-governor he was our strongest ally in the provincial government. He pushed hard to get the first no-hunting season established. He wanted six months with no hunting and no bushmeat in the market. Finally a three month season became law.
It was his staunch support that gave credibility to the case for conservation of Maniema’s rich Lomami hinterland. Congo’s forests have lost an advocate. Alas.