Global community to isolate crisis-torn DRC

DRC Coalition, crisis and constitutional chaos

DRC Coalition, crisis and constitutional chaos

from JEAN KASSONGO in Kinshasa, DRC
KINSHASA, (CAJ News)– THE crisis sparked by the failure of beleaguered President Joseph Kabila to stand down at the expiry of his second term at
the helm of the Democratic Republic of Congo on Monday has sparked international outrage.
The catastrophe in the volatile central African country has worsened in the subsequent days with the killing of a South African peacekeeper and
the mass arrests of critics of Kabila, who have taken to the streets demanding his resignation.
Yesterday (Wednesday), members of the Security Council, the United Nations supreme body, condemned the attack that claimed the life of the South
African peacekeeper and a Congolese colleague as well as the injury of two other South African peacekeepers.
It was blamed on the Mayi-Mayi armed group east of the DRC.
The group is among several that have threatened mayhem if Kabila remained in power.
Security Council members condemned the attack “in the strongest terms.” And called on the government to investigate and bring perpetrators to
Meanwhile, UN representative in DRC, Maman Sidikou, expressed concern over the wave of ongoing arrests and detentions.
UN has documented 113 arrests of opposition leaders, activists and human rights defenders and journalists.
The majority of these arrests were undertaken by the Congolese National Police, Agence National de Renseignement and Republican Guard in Goma,
Kinshasa and Bukavu.
Colonial master, Belgium, said relations with DRC will be “re-examined.”
“The current situation is very serious,” foreign minister Didier Reynders said.
His Canadian counterpart, Stephane Dion, said the country could “review”
its relations with DRC over ongoing violations.
Germany has indefinitely postponed negotiations on development cooperation scheduled to take place next year.
“The German Government reserves the right to take further steps,” said a government spokesperson.

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