Security Council Press statement – Democratic Republic of the Congo (11.10.2017)

The members of the Security Council expressed their deepest condolences and sympathy to the families of the peacekeepers killed, as well as to the Government of the United Republic of Tanzania, and to MONUSCO.

NEW YORK, United States of America, October 11, 2017 – The members of the Security Council condemned in the strongest terms the attacks perpetrated by the Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) on 9 October 2017 in North Kivu province of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, against a base of the United Nations Organization Stabilization Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (MONUSCO), which led to the death of two peacekeepers from the United Republic of Tanzania, as well as the injury of eighteen other peacekeepers.

The members of the Security Council expressed their deepest condolences and sympathy to the families of the peacekeepers killed, as well as to the Government of the United Republic of Tanzania, and to MONUSCO. They wished the injured peacekeepers a speedy recovery.

The members of the Security Council condemned in the strongest terms all attacks and provocations against MONUSCO by armed groups.

The members of the Security Council called on the Government of the Democratic Republic of the Congo to swiftly investigate these attacks and bring the perpetrators to justice. They called on all armed groups in the country to lay down their weapons and underlined that attacks targeting peacekeepers may constitute war crimes under international law.

The members of the Security Council reiterated their full support for MONUSCO and expressed their deep appreciation to MONUSCO’s troop- and police-contributing countries.

The members of the Security Council reiterated their full support to the Special Representative of the Secretary-General in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Maman Sidikou, and to MONUSCO to fully implement their mandate.

DRC: The G7 Party hires Ballard Partners to lobby in the U.S. for Elections!

The Party G7 under the leadership of Vice President Oliver Kamitatu hired Ballard Partners 3rd October 2017 as their United States lobbying partner. The Group of Seven and using the partnership with one aim: “To bring about free and fair elections in the Democratic Republic of Congo”. This agreement was signed by Brian Ballard.

The G7 will compensate the firm for their lobbying of the United States government. This will cost $ 50,000 a month. The firm will be paid by June 15th 2018 will get total $600,000 by the Political group to lobby in the US. So the millionaire and presidential candidate Moise Katumbi plans to get noticed other places then in the DRC and Belgium.

What is interesting is that the opposition in the DRC are now using the same tricks that the lingering President Joseph Kabila, who never seem to leave. Not that its any sign of an election. Other than rampant militias in different regions like in Kasai, North Kivu, South Kivu and in Katanga. There are enough violence and killings that has happen on this presidents watch. The insecurity that is created is giving the President time, so he has excuses to postpone it.

This shows the steps of the opposition who has to flee away, that they have to go to this step to spread their news. As the Kabila government has spent fortunes on lobbyists to not create sanctions and stop their militant ways. The same sort of acts is happening through Ballard Partners. We can wonder about their connections in Washington DC. If they have the right connections to the State Department and close associates with Rex Tillerson. If they do have this, than they might have power, but if not. Then the money will be wasted. Maybe G7 Party feels that they have nothing to lose.

Since they have seen the insurgency and the militias uprising in various states, while the President are confident in Kinshasa. Where the President are acting like a king and waiting to see when he can officially become President for his third term. He don’t want to leave power and leave the Republic for someone else. That is why G7 see it needed to use funds to get the United States to care about the uncertain future election in Republic. Clearly, they know that this is not in the interest for Kabila. That is why it hasn’t happened and seems likely not to happen during 2017, maybe 2018. Who knows?

President Kabila is not feeling the opposition or fearing anyone. He feels secure and safe. Even as the regions are in trouble by militias and guerrillas in the provinces. While MONUSCO and FARDC are letting go on rampage. This is benefiting Kabila and its sad that it does. All the killings and insecurity are giving him time, so he can save the day and let the election be postponed again. That is why the G7 wants to try lobbying and hopefully get political pressure from Washington on Kabila. Then, things might change. Peace.

RDC: Oliver Kamitatu rejoint officiellement l’equipe du candidat a l’election presidentenelle de RD Congo Moise Katumbi, en tant que porte-parole (31.05.2017)

Statement of the Africa Liberal Network on the recent warrant of arrest for Moise Katumbi and his arrival in South Africa for medical treatment (21.05.2016)

Moise Katumbe 20.05.2016

21 May 2016

Release: Immediate

The ALN notes with extreme concern the warrant of arrest for Moise Katumbi, opposition leader and former Governor of Katanga Province.

Mr Katumbi has recently arrived in South Africa for medical treatment following the firing of teargas directed at him and his supporters.

The charges against Mr Katumbi follow extensive intimidation and arrest of numerous opposition supporters. With elections scheduled for November this year and President Joseph Kabila showing clear indications that he seeks an unconstitutional extension of his term, there is an urgent need for inclusive dialogue amongst all stakeholders.

The lack of both state resources and empowerment provided to Commission Electorale Nationale Indépendante (CENI) further inhibits the democratic right of Congolese citizens to participate in free and fair elections.

ALN President and former Minister of Planning Olivier Kamitatu states that: “President Kabila has deliberately sabotaged the electoral process. The ruling policy is one of chaos and fear”.

Further to the ALN’s resolution (adopted at the 12th General Assembly in January 2016) on the political crisis in the DRC, the Network calls for the end to violence and the start of peaceful, legitimate dialogue within the context of the rule of law. All parties, both opposition and majority, must be protected and guaranteed their rights in political activities and assembly.

The ALN furthermore calls for the protection of Mr Katumbi and a fair trial should there be credible evidence. If not, the government of President Kabila is to cease its intimidation and arbitrary arrest of the opposition.

The Network maintains the position that functioning democracies are bound by the rule of law and constitutionalism, including adherence to presidential term limits.

DRC oppositon condemns ruling on Kabila and elections (Youtube-Clip)

“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).