WASHINGTON, July 25, 2016 — The World Bank Group has suspended disbursements of funding to the Inga-3 Basse Chute (BC) & Mid-Size Hydropower Development Technical Assistance (TA) Project in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). This follows the Government of DRC’s decision to take the project in a different strategic direction to that agreed between the World Bank and the Government in 2014.
On March 20, 2014 the World Bank’s Board approved a US$73.1-million grant from its International Development Association (IDA) for the project, consisting of Inga-3 BC development support (US$47.5 million) and mid-size hydropower development support (US$25.6 million). At the time of suspension, approximately 6% of total project financing had been disbursed.
The Inga component of the TA project aimed to finance a flexible suite of technical assistance, including strategic advice to the Government, complementary studies, capacity building, and institutional strengthening. The IDA TA project aimed to support a government-led process for the transparent development of Inga-3 BC as a public private partnership. The World Bank Group is in a continuing dialogue with the Government about the implementation arrangements of the project, with the goal of ensuring that it follows international good practice.
The World Bank Group remains committed to supporting the DRC in its efforts to provide affordable and reliable energy for its people and to drive sustainable sources of growth for its economy. Beyond the Inga project, the Bank Group will remain engaged in the electricity sector in DRC by focusing on improving the performance of the State Utility SNEL, rehabilitating mid-size hydropower plants, increasing energy access, and continuing support to regional transmission interconnections.
NEW YORK, United States of America, July 18, 2016 – The members of the Security Council stressed the crucial importance of a peaceful and credible electoral cycle, in accordance with the Constitution, for stability, development, and consolidation of constitutional democracy in the DRC.
Recalling UNSC resolution 2277, they underscored the urgency in convening an open, inclusive and peaceful political dialogue among all stakeholders focused on the holding of elections, while ensuring the protection of human rights and fundamental freedoms, paving the way for and ensuring an environment conducive to free, fair, peaceful, credible, inclusive, transparent and timely elections in the DRC, in accordance with the Constitution, while respecting the African Charter on Democracy, Elections and Governance.
The members of the Security Council expressed support for the decision taken by the African Union to undertake consultations on this dialogue and the appointment on 6 April 2016 of Edem Kodjo, former Prime Minister of Togo, as Facilitator for the dialogue. They welcomed the efforts of the Special Representative of the Secretary-General for the DRC, Maman Sidikou, including through his good offices mandate, and the Special Envoy of the Secretary-General for the Great Lakes region, Said Djinnit, to facilitate this dialogue among political stakeholders. They took note of the communique issued on 4 July 2016 following the inaugural meeting of the support group for the facilitation of the national dialogue in the DRC and urged all national stakeholders to extend full cooperation to the international facilitation appointed by the African Union, and encouraged all stakeholders to participate in the dialogue.
They expressed their deep concern at increased restrictions of the political space in the DRC, in particular recent arrests and detention of members of the political opposition and of civil society, as well as restrictions of fundamental freedoms such as the freedom of opinion and expression, and ongoing delays in electoral preparations. They urged the Government of the DRC as well as all relevant parties to respect human rights and to refrain from violence and provocation.
They acknowledged the ongoing efforts by the Congolese authorities and especially by the National Independent Electoral Commission (CENI), with the support of various partners to revise the voters’ register, and they emphasized the need for the Congolese authorities to take all necessary steps to proceed without delay, and called on international partners to provide the necessary support.The members of the Security Council reiterated their full support to MONUSCO and the Special Representative of the Secretary-General in the DRC.
“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.