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Opinion: All tricks to stop Moise Katumbi from entering the next Presidential Race!

Just as the Moise Katumbi and his party has unleashed the Ensemble Campaign, the Prosecutor of the Republic, Flory Kabange Numbi has fixed charges on the Presidential Candidate and challenger to the ones coming out of a non-shadow of President Joseph Kabila. These charges is not new and not a new connection between American mercenaries and Katumbi. This has been known for long, the false accusations and made charges has been in the open before. It is a way of stopping his candidacy, because if he re-enters from Belgian exile, he would be detained and possibly for treason. Not that is for now, but in these instances, that is very natural for this sort of ruler.

This was after the Prosecutor sent a letter mid-march to the Supreme Court Justice with these charges. It is fitting a pattern of stopping the biggest challengers and also the ones that can actually muster support. That because the state is faring his changes, his possible moves and also his agenda. Since he is not from the elite and from the military who earning fortunes on the minerals and the exports, that the state reserves are not accounted for.

The Prosecutor are fitting the charge of Article 198 of the Penal Code, which says:

Will be punished by a penal servitude of five to twenty years, those who have raised or raised armed forces, engaged or enlisted, engaged or enlisted soldiers, or provided them with weapons or ammunition, without order or authorization from the Government”.

Because of the imaginary mercenaries that Katumbi has paid for, given weapons and also given a mission, the republic has charged him with this. So they can put charges and fears of trials, that can put he in jail for up-to 20 years. That because the courts will use the delegated force of the will of the republic. To make sure the will of the President is served. So that his biggest enemy is a political prisoner on a phony charge.

Why I say that, it is because of the timing, the fitting narrative and the need for pinning something on Katumbi. Just to stop him from returning and campaigning. As the supposed election is happening in December 2018. Just like it was supposed to happen in 2016 and never materialized in 2017. So forgive my cynicism if I don’t believe the elections happening before CENI rigs it in favor of Kabila and his henchmen. It is hard to believe anything else. Since the state hasn’t facilitated much or done much to make a difference.

Therefore, this is a proof that Katumbi is feared by Kabila, he fear him more than his own shadow, he fear him more than actual coup d’etat. Since, Katumbi must have something Kabila doesn’t have, that is the popularity and hope. Kabila only carries with him, killings and destructions. While also looting the state, day by day. So do I think he will deliver a balanced and fair election. Than Santa Clause has moved from the Artic and suddenly gotten a house in Kinshasa. Peace.


RDC: CENI – Communique de Presse (22.03.2018)

RDC: Communique Officiel (22.03.2018)

RDC: UDPS – “Concerne: la declaration et le depot de ma candidature” (20.03.2018)

RDC: Briefing de la CENCO au Conseil de Securite des Nationes Unies le 19/03/2018

Unlawful, unjustified and disproportionate use of force against protestors in DR Congo – UN report (19.03.2018)

Between 1 January 2017 and 31 January 2018, at least 47 people, including women and children, were killed by security services and defence forces in the context of demonstrations.

GENEVA, Switzerland, March 19, 2018 –  The right to freedom of peaceful assembly was severely restricted and often violently suppressed in the Democratic Republic of the Congo in 2017 and the trend continues so far this year, according to a UN report issued on Monday. The report* documents killings and other serious human rights violations due to the use of excessive force by security services and defence forces in relation to mass protests.

Between 1 January 2017 and 31 January 2018, at least 47 people, including women and children, were killed by security services and defence forces in the context of demonstrations and there are indications that Congolese security services have attempted to cover up these serious human rights violations by removing the bodies of victims and obstructing the work of national and international observers, the report states.

The report, published jointly by the UN Human Rights Office and the UN Stabilization Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (MONUSCO)**, describes the lack of compliance with national law and international standards, in particular the principles of legality, necessity, proportionality, precaution and accountability, related to the use of force by security services and defence forces during the suppression of peaceful demonstrations between January 2017 and January 2018.

The report is based on information collected during six main mobilization days and it states that while some people armed with sticks and broomsticks did attempt to perpetrate violence during some protests, the vast majority of demonstrators were peaceful. The use of excessive force – including lethal force – by the authorities was thus unlawful, unjustified and disproportionate.

The report also states that increasing restrictions to fundamental rights and freedoms coupled with inflammatory speeches and threats against demonstrators are cause for deep concern at a time when it is particularly important to create an environment conducive to peaceful elections.

The Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General in the DRC, Leila Zerrougui, said the report highlights impunity gaps and a continued shrinking of the democratic space in the country observed since the beginning of 2015.

“This is inconsistent with the letter and spirit of the 31 December 2016 Agreement and its confidence-building measures. Demonstrations are intrinsically related to freedom of expression and it is absolutely necessary that all voices can be heard in the context of the forthcoming elections,” Zerrougui said.

“The creation by the Ministry of Human Rights of a joint commission of inquiry*** with representatives of the civil society is a positive step forward for accountability and reparation for the victims,” she added. Zerrougui welcomed the findings of the Commission and urged their full and swift implementation. She expressed the readiness of the UN to provide support in that regard.

UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein said the systematic suppression of demonstrations, including through the use of disproportionate force, is a serious breach of international human rights law and the laws of the DRC. There is an urgent need for a meaningful, transparent and independent judicial investigation into these violations and other allegations.

“It is particularly disturbing that security services and defence forces carry out this violence with almost full impunity which can be perceived as encouraging such repression,” he said. “We are seeing the quashing of dissent at all costs – even at the cost of human life – in the DRC by the systematic deployment of armed forces alongside the Police Nationale Congolaise to handle protests.”

Zerrougui and Zeid urged the Government to allow the exercise of the rights to peaceful assembly and expression, warning that repression would only breed frustration, could lead to serious deteriorations in the security situation in the country and could pose a threat to the electoral process. For credible elections to be held at the end of this year, the Government has an obligation to ensure that people’s civil and political rights are respected and their exercise is facilitated.

* The full report in French only can be accessed here: ohchr.org/Documents/Countries/CD/BCNUDH-Report_March2018.pdf

** The UN Joint Human Rights Office, which was established in February 2008, comprises the Human Rights Division of the UN Stabilization Mission in the DRC (MONUSCO) and the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights in the DRC (OHCHR-DRC).

*** At the request of the Government of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, the report of the joint commission of inquiry is annexed as an answer to the UN report.

The 758th meeting of the AU Peace and Security Council on the situation in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) – (14.03.2018)

RDC: CLC – “Appel du Comite Laic De Coordination – Jusqu’Au Bout Nous Irons!” (12.03.2018)

RDC: PALU & MLC – Communique de Presse (09.03.2018)

RDC: Comite Laic de Coordination – Communique de Presse (07.03.2018)

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