Kinshasa – Investigators in the Democratic Republic of Congo have uncovered “serious indications of actions against state security”, the government said on Tuesday, following the surprise weekend arrest of the president’s special security adviser.
“The investigations are ongoing and they are taking place at various levels,” a spokesperson of President Felix Tshisekedi said in a statement read over state television, urging the Congolese people to “stay calm”.
Francois Beya, who had been considered a key figure in the conflict-riven central African country, was arrested on Saturday while Tshisekedi was attending an African Union summit in the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa.
The arrest sparked protests and fears of instability with the DRC government.
In Tuesday’s statement, the spokesman, Tharcisse Kasongo Mwema, said: “No attempt at destabilisation of our democratic institutions will be tolerated.”
The authorities had provided no information on Beya’s arrest, and Mwema said Tuesday that the National Intelligence Agency (ANR), where Beya is being questioned, does not generally “communicate on its activities”.
“However… we can confirm that the investigators have indications of serious actions against national security.”