March 1, 2021: Plantations et Huileries du Congo (PHC) is shocked and appalled by the recent death of Mr. Blaise Mokwe and extends its heartfelt and sincere condolences to Mr. Mokwe’s family at this incredibly sad and difficult time.
The Company is cooperating fully with the police and other authorities in Lokutu as they investigate the circumstances surrounding Mr. Mokwe’s death, and allegations that it was the result of injuries caused by staff working for a security subcontractor to PHC. The Company has suspended those alleged to be involved in this incident with immediate effect, pending the results of the investigation.
PHC hopes that a clear picture of events surrounding Mr. Mokwe’s death are quickly established, and that anyone responsible is brought to justice. The Company fully supports the ongoing investigations in Lokutu.