UN Chief DRC’s visit met with tensions
This calamitous situation follows the announcement by certain political groups and parties of their intention to organise political gatherings in Kinshasa and Lubumbashi and subsequent measures taken by the security forces to prevent the holding of these gatherings.
The crackdown against the opposition coincided with the visit by United Nations Secretary General, Ban Ki-moon.
The UN chief encouraged the government to take the necessary measures to ease political tensions and pave the way for peaceful and credible presidential and legislative elections in accordance with the constitution.
The UN Stabilization Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (MONUSCO) expressed concern.
Head of MONUSCO, Maman Sidikou, stressed the need for all Congolese political actors to demonstrate maximum restraint during this critical period in the political evolution of their country.
Last year, major protests broke out in the central African country as protesters demanded that Joseph Kabila step down as President.
The protests, which left 40 people dead, began after the passage of a law by the Congolese lower house that, if also passed by the Congolese upper house, would keep Kabila in power at least until a national census was conducted, in place of elections set for November.
Opposition have rejected this as a ploy to keep Kabila, president since 2001, in power beyond his constitutional term.
– CAJ News
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