DRC rivals offer peace a chance

drc-forcesFrom JEAN KASSONGO in Kinshasa, DRC
KINSHASA, (CAJ News) – THERE is a glimmer of hope for peace in the
Democratic Republic of Congo where warring parties have reached a
compromise to resolve a deadly political impasse.

The deal is expected to pave way for President Joseph Kabila, who is
clinging to power beyond his two terms, to vacate office after elections
now set for later this year.

Stakeholders are hopeful the compromise facilitated by the National
Episcopal Conference would stem a crisis emanating from a failure to hold
elections in November, and the lapse of Kabila’s term in December.

This sparked deadly protests. State security killed scores of anti-Kabila
demonstrators while others have been jailed.

United Nations envoy for the Great Lakes Region, Said Djinnit, welcomed
the compromise reached on New Year’s Eve as a significant milestone in the
promotion of reconciliation and democracy.

He said it would contribute to greater stability and sustainable
development throughout the volatile Great Lakes region.

Former colonial master Belgium, which had earlier threatened to cut ties
with DRC, said the compromise was an important and positive step towards a
swift and inclusive transition.

Deputy prime minister and minister of foreign affairs Didier Reynders said
this would enable the organisation of free elections, reopening of the
democratic space and consensual management of the transition.

DRC, with a population of over 80 million, has never witnessed a
democratic transfer of power since independence in 1960.

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