EXCLUSIVE: Mass ministerial resignations mar Kabila’s power ambitions
LUBUMBASHI, (CAJ News) – DEMOCRATIC Republic of Congo (DRC) President, Joseph Kabila, faces a mammoth task clinging to power in the continent’s fourth largest country amid a spate of resignations by cabinet ministers opposed to his plans to amend the Constitution.
Tampering with the Constituency will pave way to extend his rule.
Ahead of the polls scheduled for next year, a number of ministers have quit his cabinet, the latest being Civil Service Minister, Jean-Claude Kibala, and Land Affairs Minister, Bolengetenge Balela.
Other cabinet ministers who have recently quit include Olivier Kamitatu, who resigned from his post as Minister of Planning, Charles Mwando Nsimba Minister of Rural Development) and Pierre Lumbi (Presidential Security Advisor).
Ahead of the massive resignations, the Kabila’s coalition government had been accused of unleashing political violence, targeted arrests on human rights activists as well as abductions to discerning voices.
The resignations also saw human rights activists from Struggle for Change being arrested for allegedly encouraging the nation to protest the detention of fellow activists through acts of whistling and banging of both pots and pans.
Kabila’s government has vehemently dismissed the alleged violations as “baseless”, “untrue” and “unfounded.”
Kabila (44) has been President since January 2001 following the assassination of his father, Laurent-Désiré Kabila.
He was elected as President in 2006 and re-elected in 2011 for a second term, amid concerns of irregularities on both occasions.
The upheavals in the vast African country coincide with crisis in neighbouring countries where sitting heads of state have been under fire for attempts to amend their countries’ respective constitutions to extend their stay in power.
Kabila has been accused of emulating Burundi counterpart, Pierre Nkurunziza, who has bent the country’s constitution for the third term as the country’s leader.
In Rwanda, it is widely believed Paul Kagame will use his ruling party’s majority in Parliament to tamper the constitutional in order to retain power.
– CAJ News
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