“A leading opposition party has condemned a ruling by the Democratic Republic of Congo’s highest court that President Joseph Kabila can remain in office, if elections scheduled for November are delayed. The Movement for the Liberation of Congo says the court was not independent. The ruling came amid rising tensions over the government’s failure to set a date for the country’s next elections, originally due in November this year before Kabila’s mandate ends” (CCTV Africa, 2016).
“Clashes between supporters of opposition leader Moise Katumbi and the police erupted in the Democratic Republic of Congo’s second largest city. Police were forced fired tear gas canisters to disperse the protesters while at least 10 people were arrested outside the prosecutor general’s office in Lubumbashi who surged toward the building. Moise Katumbi, a leading opposition candidate for president is being questioned over government allegations of hiring mercenaries, including former U.S. soldiers, in a plot against the republic. Katumbi is a favorite in the race to succeed President Joseph Kabila, whos constitutional mandate ends in November” (CCTV Africa, 2016).
They are gearing up for coming General Elections in Democratic Republic of Congo. Where the incumbent President Joseph Kabila is making sure his candidature is the ones to recognize. As the other candidates are stifled with and intimidated that is why we have seen the army and the military vehicles in Lubumbashi in Katanga and in Kinshasa. Because the DRC civilians don’t need peaceful means; instead they need weapons to underscore the value of their ballot.
Clip from April 2016:
“The Populaton who sings ” Moïse President” before being dispersed by the lacrymognes of the army…”
As it is Opponents have vouched for another man the incumbent President. This man is no other than former Governor of Katanga, Moïse Katumbi who owns TP Mazembe, the team who have won the grand title of CAF Champions League twice!
The House-Arrest of Presidential Candidate Katumbi:
“#Exclusive: is since 12 h30 under arrest. It will be tomorrow at Kinshasa to be submitted to the attorney general of the Republic” (Oeil d’Afrique, 05.05.2016).
This is what happens after he said he would run on the 5th of May:
“this is the response of kabila to my candidacy for president… No matter what happens I keeps my candidacy…” (Voice of Congo, 05.05.2016).
U.S. Response to Allegations:
“The U.S. Embassy in Kinshasa condemns in the strongest terms the ambush on a MONUSCO convoy last night near Beni, which resulted in the deaths of two Tanzanian United Nations peacekeepers. We recognize and honor the ultimate sacrifice of these soldiers, who are part of a United Nations mission dedicated to bring peace and stability to the Democratic Republic of Congo. We offer our deepest sympathies to the families of the soldiers and the Government of the United Republic of Tanzania, as well as their fellow peacekeepers at MONUSCO” (U.S. Mission in Kinshasa, 06.05.2016).
First Answer from Katumbi:
“”They call me a rebel. But the rebels are people who don’t want to hold elections in our country.” (Zambian Day, 06.05.2016).
Message from Felix Tshisekedi said this:
“I forcefully denounces, these methods Stalinist who is to muzzle the opposition. Together with Moïse, let us resist the dictatorship” (Diaspora Katangaise, 06.05.2016).
In Northern Kivu:
“Youth Katumbiste North Kivu assemble around the general coordinator in the person of Hon. Maris Mambo to acquire information on PresidentMoïse Katumbi and reiterate their full support to his candidacy for the presidential elections in 2016” (Ensemble Pour Moise Katumbi, 07.05.2016).
Today’s Message from Moïse Katumbi:
1) Since this morning, police forces are surrounding my house. To arrest me. This is Kabila’s response to my presidential bid !
2) No matter what occurs, I maintain my bid and remain firm in my peaceful struggle for the rule of law. Democracy will win.
In the end Kabila’s Men failed to Arrest @moise_katumbi The UN soldiers Intervened.
That’s just outside his house along Lofoi Street, Manuciple de Golf, Lubumbashi” (Katumbe, 07.05.2016).
So as we see, the Opposition leaders are under attack, the owner of TP Mazembe of Lubumbashi, Katanga Province in Democratic of Congo. Who are now running against two-term President Kabila and trying to overcome his ruling hand. There hasn’t been a peaceful change of Power in DRC since Independence. As we have seen with the three Presidents before in the country like Mobutu Sese Seko, Patrice Lumumba and Laurent Kabila where all overthrown by the gun and not by the ballot.
Before even his candidature I wrote about the military presence that President Kabila already has used to intimidate people to vote for him. Therefore he continues to oppress his opponents and even give them a phony charge to secure that there no viable candidate, but himself. This is not a new scare tactic, I am sure the Roman Senate of Roman Empire they did the same. So the mentality of owning Power is still viable and the ghost of the past resurrects just in new forms and with new names. Peace.