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RDC: Rassemblement – Pas d’Elections en RDC le 23/12/2018 si les Exigences du Peuple ne sont pas Prises en Compte (18.07.2018)

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Today, Kabila held his fairy-tale speech!

Today, Joseph Kabila, the man who has been done with second term on 19th December 2016, which means he has been now 1 year and 7 months on overtime. If you calculate it in days it has been 577 days. That is a long time. Kabila has clearly not only violated the constitution, but the rights for staying in office. He has postponed elections through 2016, done the same after a CENCO Agreement that was supposed to hold an election during the end of 2017. Which didn’t happen either. We are now in July 2018 and still no real signs of an election. Other than new timelines from CENI and a problematic trade off of machines from South Korea.

Therefore, his speech today wasn’t showing signs of anything, other than the usual suspect and defense of sovereign state. There was nothing said that couldn’t been said elsewhere. Kabila could have been any leader anywhere. The speech that doesn’t say if he standing himself as a candidate, if he is accepting the real opposition or not.

Extracted speech from Kabila:

Today, our democratic model has proved its worth, and everyone who tried to improvise as a lesson-maker understood this well. The Congo has never given a lesson to anyone, it is not willing to receive in this area and especially not from those who murdered democracy in this country and elsewhere on the continent” (…) “it is neither the gratuitous and unfounded accusations nor indiscriminate pressures or threats, even less the arbitrary and unjust sanctions that will divert the Congolese from the path that they have drawn themselves voluntarily and freely” (…) “from the contingencies of external financing and, consequently, from blackmail of all kinds in order to create the best conditions for our people. give full legitimacy to those who win these consultations” (…) “Far from being complacent, let alone arrogance, it is a responsible political option that gives meaning to our independence and our national dignity” (…) “The Congo will live forever as a free nation and as a sovereign and independent state” (Joseph Kabila, 19.07.2018).

That Kabila should be more careful and wonder why he is still around, as he has been ruling this republic for two long. He has been the President since his father died and had years without a mandate in the first election in 2006 and than again in 2011. Therefore, with the end of 2016, he should have given the mantle to the next one. Instead, Kabila have done whatever he can linger in power. There is no signs of him stepping down. Especially considering he recently put UN Sanctioned Military Officials in high-ranking positions in the Army. Therefore, expect Kabila not to respect the Constitution or the people.

He shouldn’t be there 577 days on overtime. Kabila has nothing to give the Democratic Republic of Congo. He is only there too loot a bit more and secure his wealth, he is not there because he cares of the governance or service delivery. Kabila is there for selfish reasons and misuse power. The military and the rest is just his props.

The proof is in the pudding. Someone who has used insurgency, used all tricks and all excuses, the lack of funding for the Elections, the lack of care for running the government while becoming wealthy himself. He is showing his arrogance with his speech. There is nothing he will deliver, since he hasn’t been delivering before and will not start now.

He can use cool words, but when your still in power and not respecting the laws yourself. You should not speak of legitimacy, when your illegitimate yourself. Peace.

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517 Days on Overtime: How come Kabila is still there?

It is weird and sad, that as the days goes, that President Joseph Kabila is still a thing. Let me clear, he is lingering unconstitutionally at his role as the President and without an official mandate. He is squatting at the highest office in the 3rd Republic and the world, just let him get away with it. It is like it easier that way, there is less accountability, less transparency and less proper guidelines of governance, therefore, let him be. So, the world can get the resources and the minerals from the rich country, while the state is piss-poor. Because who needs this stuff through proper procedure, tariffs and through fair trading. No, that is only for theories and not for the reality.

Kabila is still in power and its 19th May 2018. When his final term ended was on the 19th December 2016, which means that there has been 517 days since his term ended. What is more insulting is that he had long grace period before his first election in 2006 and the second in 2011, therefore needed to prepare to leave before the end of his second 5 year term in 2016. However, as we know, that didn’t happen. Therefore, he has been the de facto leader now since 26th January 2001. With two elected terms, but the rest of the time, been ruling with grace. That grace continues, without any hesitation or any significant change.

We have now let a man without any mandate rule for one year, five months and one day. That should be insulting to anyone, to let that happen and get away with it. It is just selfish to think otherwise. Yes, there are other self-serving, self-interested leaders who impose themselves on the their republic. They rig their constitutions, they make the laws of association and electoral malpractice into a profession. While the public await the army and the rigged tallies of their victorious achievement of another term, after paying off cronies and the making the institutions praise the almighty leader. That is happening all around the world, like we are still living in a feudal time and the peasants, just have to follow the anointed kings.

It is not like the two elections for Kabila was marred with issues, but the people and stakeholders had hope, as it was a significant change from the two brutal wars that had been. The government of the 3rd Republic would be different, as there haven’t been any peaceful transition of power. The last time that happen was with Patrice Lumumba and he got assassinated by a foreign force under code-name “Swamp Monster”. So who knows it was the Belgians or the CIA, as they both wanted a puppet to the Republic.

However, lets get back to Kabila, who is not leaving in peace, he isn’t leaving at all. He on his third illegal term, without any elections. Using all tools to stay in power, all insurgency, all massacres in Kasai-Oriental, Kivu’s and all the problems in the Republic. Establishing a hard-line against the real opposition in UNDP, Ensamble and everyone else questioning his powers. Stopping protests and activists from Lucha. Nothing is not touched, even bishops, priests and church protests is shut down with vile force. Nothing is to spare the people, only man who reign in mercy is Kabila. The rest has to bow their knees and hope they are not his prey. Therefore, we all need to pray.

Kabila continues to linger in power, 517 days over his mandate, the MONUSCO, the International Community, still letting him linger, nothing is imposed or taken away. A few sanctions on companies and few of the elites, even the vital minerals are still exported either through the ports or through Rwanda. Just like it has done for years. No-one questioning it, no one wonders where the militias are getting resources to buy arms, but who cares as long as the world can have a fancy smart-phone right?

Kabila just got it made. No one doubt it and steps on his throne. They just let him. The ones that does oppose. Will get the taste of pain, the agony and even stop breathing. That is known, but no one says much or cries havoc. It is just the Democratic Republic of Congo, a place where that is normal. They are our brothers and sisters, but we cannot shield them. We cannot make sure their future is sealed. No, as long as we get the minerals, we don’t mind war-lords, militias and scrupulous killings of civilians. We don’t mind, we get a bargain and the elites of Kinshasa get massive wealth. We are letting the masses starving, and letting the elite “Kabiliaist” eat of everyone’s plate. That is the order of our time.

Even with knowing that, we let it go and let it be. Because that pain and agony isn’t ours. But we let him stay and use his force, to generate wealth for our tech-companies, but he get to decide the fate of his civilians. However, he does that without a mandate, without a transparent leadership and without the needed accountability, that would lead into a better future. Because it is all in his decrees and his allies that matters. Not what is for the better future, but enrich his pockets. That narrative in our world, never gets old.

What is insulting is that he thinks he can get away with it. That he don’t think he got to pay for being in-charge over it and not trying make a difference.

Kabila is lingering and no-one is batting an eye. He is far from the only one. I know that, but still, that should not be forgotten. That he is now 517 days on overtime, that isn’t just awaiting CENI to push an election. That is postponing so he can loot a bit more and hope people forget about this. Peace.

RDC: Comite Laic de Coordination (CLC) – Communique de Presse (16.05.2018)

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