On September 3, 2013,
Princess Esther (Estha) Munongo passed away at the
Bunkeya hospital due to respiratory complications. She
was 91 years old. Princess Esther was the second child
of Mwami Mwenda Munongo Musanfya Ntanga and Mugoli Luebo
Lwa Nkolomba, and older sister to Mwami Shyomkeya
Godefroid Munongo. She is survived by many nephews,
nieces, and grandchildren. She was laid to rest on
September 5, 2013, in the royal cemetery of Munema in
Bunkeya. May her soul rest in peace.
Kapapa Clothilde Banza Munongo was married to Mwami
M'siri Shyombeka Godefroid Munongo. She was simply known as
'Mother Kapapa' (Mayo Kapapa) or 'Maman Clothilde'. She
personified grace, kindness and generosity. Sadly she
was taken from us way too soon. On August 28, 2003,
Queen Kapapa died after a long struggle with diabetes.
Her memory lives on.
July 6, 2013, the king of the Bayeke, Mwenda Bantu
Kaneranera Godefroid Munongo Jr., celebrated his
fifteen-year as the seventh successor of Mwami MUSIRI,
emperor and founder of the empire of the Bayeke.
In his official speech, Mwami Mwenda Bantu Kaneranera
evoked a new theme: "VISOKA VILLI BWALELO." It
means, "good things start today." Thus, the
visionary Mwami set the inspiring tone and exhorted all
Bayeke to think big, to be fully engaged in the
development of their future and the rise of BUGARAGANZA.
Let us stand united and declare like an army that is
convinced of its noble mission: VISOKA VILI
BWALELO for the Democratic Republic of Congo, Katanga
The month of April brings joy and sadness to the Yeke
collective memory. On April 7, 1940, the Mwami Kitanika
Mabumba Mushalila Numa passed away in Bunkeya. On April
26, of the same year, his younger brother, prince
Mutampuka Munongo would succeed him and take on the
reigning name of Mwami Mwenda Musanfya Ntanga.
Sixteen years later, on April 24, 1956, Mwami Musanfya
Ntanga passed away.
In the month of April, we also commemorate the death of
Mwanangwa Symphorien Mutampuka Munongo, who passed away
on April 24, 2002. The Mwanangwa Sympho, as he was
commonly known, left us a lot of memories, as well as
five children: Gilles, Richard, Clothilde, Claudia and
Diane. The Mwanangwa Sympho is sorely missed. He died at
44 years of age.
the night of January 24, 2013, a group of Mai Mai rebels
entered in the village of Bunkeya. They demanded to see
the authorities. After a brief standoff, Bunkeya Police
officers opened fire killing 3 of them. As they fled the
village, they stopped at Mwanangwa Kalasa Mushikamina's
dwelling. They tortured him and left him badly wounded
and bleeding profusely. Regrettably, the Mwanangwa died
of his wounds the following day.
The Mwami Mwenda Bantu Kaneranera deplores these events
and the loss of this brave prince.
May God bring peace to Katanga and comfort those who
have lost loved ones needlessly.
Friday, November 20, 1925, Mwami Mwenda M'siri Shyombeka
Godefroid Munongo was born in Bunkeya. He was the
son of Mwami Mwenda Munongo Musanfya Ntanga and the
Mugoli Lwebo lwa Nkolomba. After an illustrious
career in politics, Godefroid Munongo became king of the
Bayeke in 1976. He would reign until May 28, 1992,
the day he passed away after succumbing to an alleged
heart attack at the National Sovereign Conference.
October 15, 1997, Mwami Mwenda M'siri Mwemera Christian
Munongo passed away in Lubumbashi, Katanga. This
year is the 15th anniversary of his death.
Mwami Mwemera ruled for five years before he was
abruptly taken from us. We will always remember
Mwami Mwemera's generosity, confidence, the wisdom of
his smile and his love of our people.
On October 19, 2012, Mwami Mwemera would have celebrated
his fifty-seventh birthday. He was 41 years old
when he passed away.
Mwanangwa Etienne Kalasa Munongo
May 27, 1941 - October 8, 2012
Family is very sad to inform you of the passing of
Mwanagwa Etienne Kalasa Munongo on October 8, 2012 in
The Mwanangwa Etienne Kalasa is the second sonof the
late Mwami Luhinda Shalo Antoine Munongo and the Mugoli
Virginie Kabuswe. Following his successful
uinversity training in Belgium, Etienne Kalasa returned
to the Congo, where he joined the senior staff of
Gécamines (GCM). He would climb the company ladder
and was promoted, first to Kinshasa, then Brussels.
After many years of good loyal services, he retired in
Belgium where his children were attending school.
Etienne Kalasa is survived by his wife Gabrielle
(Gabbie) and his children. His death leaves a void
that cannot be filled. However, through his
children and the family, the memory of Mwanangwa Etienne
Kalasa Munongo will live on.
May God welcome his soul in the eternal kingdom!